The study

"The ways students develop civic-related dispositions and competencies and acquire understandings with regard to their role as citizens are strongly influenced by their respective education systems and the contexts in which those systems operate". (ICCS 2009 Encyclopedia)

The International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) is the largest international study of civic and citizenship education in the world. The ICCS assessment addresses students’ civic knowledge, understanding, perceptions, attitudes, engagement, and behavior, while collecting information on students’ home background. Separate regional modules and questionnaires (e.g. Asian, European, and Latin American) investigated issues of specific importance to civic and citizenship education in the respective regions. Furthermore, ICCS collects data from policymakers, school principals, and teachers on various civic and citizenship education-related aspects of the participating education systems and their schools and classrooms.

ICCS contributes substantially to the knowledge about civic and citizenship education in schools and about how diverse countries prepare their young people for citizenship. The study’s approach of collecting data at a number of levels and from different perspectives discloses many issues important for policymakers and practitioners in this area of education.

"Young people develop their understandings about their roles as citizens in contemporary societies through activities and experiences that take place within homes, schools, classrooms, and the wider community." (ICCS 2016 Assessment Framework)

ICCS target population:

ICCS assesses students enrolled in Grade 8, provided that the average age of students at this year level is 13.5 years or above. In countries where the average age of students in Grade 8 is less than 13.5 years, Grade 9 is defined as the target population.

"The education world benefits from the committment of many students, teachers, school administrators, and policymakers within the participating countries".

ICCS assessment instruments, example from the 2016 cycle:

International cognitive student test - 45 min.
International student questionnaire - 40 min.
Regional student questionnaire (Europe and Latin America) - 15 min.
Teacher questionnaire - 30 min.
School questionnaire - 30 min.
National context survey filled in by the National Research Coordinators online.