In a range of international studies, Danish pupils from different year groups are regularly compared with pupils of the same age from the rest of the world in many different areas..
The Danish School of Education is the Danish partner in the international comparative studies of educational and training systems which are carried out under the auspices of organisations such as the OECD and the IEA (the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement).
IEA (The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement) is an international association consisting of universities and other independent research institutions from more than 50 countries. The Danish School of Education at Aarhus University is the Danish member of this association. IEA projects are approved at annual general meetings at which representatives from the Danish School of Education represent Danish educational research.
PIRLS (the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) looks at the reading skills of fourth-grade pupils. It is designed with a view to revealing differences in the teaching methods that are used internationally, thereby making it possible to learn from the way things are done in other countries.
TIMSS (the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) is an international comparison of pupil performances in mathematics and science. Denmark is taking part in this study with fourth-grade pupils.
ICILS (the International Computer and Information Literacy Study) measures international differences in the computer and information skills of pupils, as well as their use of computers.
ICCS (the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study) is a study of the influence of globalisation on the education of young people in the 21st century in the perspective of contemporary diagnostics and international comparison. The empirical data in the study is collected from questionnaires answered by eighth-grade pupils, school teachers and school managers.