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 International Tests TALIS

 International Tests TALIS

​​​​Introduction:
 TALIS is one of the international tests and studies carried out by the NCA in Saudi Arabia, in cooperation with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which supervises the study in more than 40 countries, in order to provide an opportunity for teachers and school leaders to have a role in analyzing the status of education and developing its policies.


TALIS stands for Teaching and Learning International Survey.


The study, which is held periodically every five years, was first conducted in 2008 (the last application was in 2013 with the participation of more than 38 countries).


Main objectives

Provide the opportunity for teachers and school leaders to participate in the evaluation and improvement of education by sharing their views on the learning environment. 

Benefit from the results of other countries participating in the study and the programs used to develop the educational environment.

Measure the level of the current educational environment and measure the impact of development programs compared to the results of the study in the previous course.

Support decision-makers in education with indicators and results analyzed and derived from the opinions and experiences of actual practitioners in the educational environment.


Target groups

Teachers and school leaders.

Study Tools:

Participating countries contribute to the preparation of the general framework of the study and the drafting of its content under the supervision and management of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Each participating country is also responsible for translating and adapting the content of the tools and implementing the study on the sample and representative schools of the country. The study tools can be limited to:

(1) Questionnaire of the school leader.

(2) Questionnaire of the school teacher.

 Each questionnaire is 45-60 minutes long and contains about 60 key multiple-choice questions.

Holding the study in Saudi Arabia:

The study was conducted for the first time in Saudi Arabia in 2018, where the pilot implementation of the study was held from 13 to 20 March 2018, with the participation of 20 schools in the intermediate stage, distributed throughout the Kingdom, according to the following data:


20 School Leaders.

334 teachers


The actual implementation of the study was held from May 1 to 15, 2018, with the participation of 199 schools in the intermediate stage, distributed over the regions of the Kingdom, according to the following data:


199 School Leaders.

3573 teachers










The study does not require preparation in advance but needs the teacher and the school leader to answer all the questions of the questionnaire with credibility and transparency; to reflect the actual reality of education in the Kingdom. Participation in the questionnaire will be through the website of the organization for a sample nominated by the organization and with high privacy. 




The study does not require pre-registration by teachers or school leaders but is nominated by the supervising organization without the intervention of the participating countries. The Center shall coordinate with the candidate schools and ensure that they are suitable for the study as well as their readiness for the agreed application period.


The Kingdom participates in the international study TALIS for achieving its lofty goals in analyzing the status of education and developing its policies by benefiting from the experiences of teachers and school leaders. In addition, the study enables the Kingdom to identify similar challenges facing countries participating in the survey so as to learn from their policies. The results of such international tests and studies are one of the indicators of the Kingdom's Vision 2030.


The international study will be carried out by the participating countries, while their data will be collected, and the results will be analyzed by the supervising organization. At the end of each course, sporadic reports on the level of education and its policies are published or sent to each country with the aim of improving and developing education through the relative indicators highlighted in these reports. It should be noted that the study is not intended to evaluate specific teachers/leaders or specific schools, but rather to assess educational systems in general in the participating countries.​

How often does the TALIS study take place?

To be held once every five years for participating States.

How can I participate in the study?

The study does not require prior registration by teachers or school leaders, but is nominated by the organization supervising the study without the intervention of the participating countries. The Center shall coordinate with the candidate schools and ensure that they are suitable for study as well as their readiness for the agreed implementation period.

Is the study aimed at individual assessment of teachers and school leaders?

The study is not intended to evaluate specific teachers / leaders or schools, but rather to assess educational and educational systems in general in the participating countries.

Is there a financial fee for the study?

There is no financial charge to participate in the study, and the parties involved pay all the costs necessary to carry out the study.

Do you need to prepare for study?

The study does not require preparation in advance, but requires the teacher and the school leader to answer all questions of the questionnaire with credibility and transparency; to reflect the real picture of the reality of education in the Kingdom. The participation in the questionnaire will be through the website of the organization to sample a candidate nominated by the organization and in accordance with high privacy.

How can I get the results?

The results of previous and upcoming studies for all participating countries can be found by visiting the website of the organization supervising the study: http://www.oecd.org/education/talis
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