Centre for Educational Assessment
P.O. Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 3 A)
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
Tel. +358 9 191 20411



In today’s global world, the objective of basic education has expanded from developing students’ competences in the curricular subjects to fostering their aptitude for learning later in life. Reflecting this shift of emphasis, the Centre for Educational Assessment was established in 1996 to develop an instrument for measuring learning to learn as the foundation for lifelong learning. Today, the Centre works in collaboration with schools and municipalities in the fields of educational assessment, research and development. The results of assessment are utilized for monitoring and further developing education in classrooms and at school and municipal level. Assessments implemented at different grade levels or at regular intervals offer the providers of education means to monitor educational effectiveness at municipal and national level.

International collaboration

Since the late 1990s, the Centre for Educational Assessment has been active in transnational collaboration within the European Union for developing a common indicator for learning to learn. In 2006, the Council and the European Parliament adopted the recommendation on key competences for lifelong learning. Already in 2002, learning to learn was named as one of the eight key competences that each member state should provide for its citizens for the attainment of personal fulfillment and development, inclusion, and employability. Since that, collaboration between the European Commission (DG EAC and CRELL) and member states has lead to the formulation of a European framework (Hoskins & Fredriksson 2008) and a prospective indicator for measuring learning to learn, pre-piloted in eight European countries in spring 2008. The Centre for Educational Assessement was responsible for the analyses and reporting of the combined results through tender.

The Centre for Educational Assessment was also responsible for the implementation of PISA 2006 in Finland. A report of the Finnish results was published in English in 2009 by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The results of PISA 2006 and other information on Finnish students’ success in PISA are also available at the Finnish PISA 2006 pages.  

Other activities

Today, the work of the Centre for Educational Assessment covers a variety of issues related to educational research and development. Presently, the Centre is responsible for the developmental evaluation of municipalities’ implementation of the new law regarding remedial and special education. The Centre also collaborates with the University of Tampere, the University of Helsinki Department of Geosciences and Geography (Urban Geography), the National Board of Education, and the National Institute of Health and Welfare in a large scale project on the educational outcomes and health of children in the differentiating Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Another larger collaborative project under work is a joint University of Helsinki Teacher Education Department study regarding the Finnish matriculation exam.