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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is an international organization that seeks to promote the development of the world economy and the expansion of world trade. The IALS study was implemented with the cooperation and support of the OECD.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is an agency of the newly created Institute of Educational Sciences of the US Department of Education. NCES and Statistics Canada jointly funded development of the IALS study and a significant fraction of international costs associated with implementation.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that specializes in educational assessment. ETS was the prime technical contractor for the IALS study, including scaling and related psychometrics.

To obtain more information, contact Client Services,, Culture, Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics.


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Published by authority of the Minister responsible for Statistics Canada

© Minister of Industry, September 2003

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without prior written permission from Licence Services, Marketing Division, Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0T6.

Catalogue no. 89-611-XIE

Frequency: Irregular

ISSN 1708-5403


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