The International Study of City Youth (ISCY) was a CIRES-led, original and large-scale international longitudinal study of 10th grade students in 15 cities across the world.
ISCY was designed to compare how well school systems in Europe, Canada, North America, Asia and Australia are preparing young people for further study and work. It measured the impacts of the distinctive institutional arrangements of each system and compared the structure of education and training opportunities at and beyond school.
The baseline year involved over 10,000 students participating in a standardised online survey that was translated into various languages, a student assessment of reading and numeracy, and measures of students’ socio-emotional skills. The longitudinal component also aimed to explore student journeys through school and into further study, work and adult life.
Research findings from ISCY feature in several dedicated volumes published and soon-to-be published by Springer and the American Educational Research Association, including a volume comparing the causes and implications of educational inequality across cities.
Clients: Australian Research Council (ARC) (Discovery project); Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development