The ICILS 2018 uruguayan pilot has been finalized

Plan Ceibal, Ceibal Fundation, with the support of the Instituto Nacional de Evaluación Educativa (INEEd) and the colaboration of the Directorate General of the Secondary Education Council, reports the end of the national pilot of the study ICILS 2018. Definitive version of the test will be implemented during 2018. 
ICILS (International Computer and Information Literacy Study) is an international test that evaluate Computer and information literacy. Is depveloped by IEA (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement) since 2013. 
ICILS defines Computer and Information Literacy - (CIL) as the necessary students abilities for use the devices: research, creation and communication for the effective participation in home, school, labor market and social life. CIL allows to expand communicational competences in a technique and intellectual perspective.
The ICILS objective, is to explore this students abilities for study, work and  estudiar, trabajar and participate in the information age. For that, the evaluation focus is the information, independently of the field in relation with two principal components: recopilation and administration of the information and their producción and exchange.
The importance of ICILS for Uruguay is due to the relevance of national data in CIL for students. This data will allow to know more about different aspects like:
  • Measure digital abilities to ten years of Ceibal Centre creation.
  • Provide a high quality test
  • Implement comparative analyses with developed countries in the world
  • Provide inputs to identify actions to follow for the coming years


The participating countries in ICILS 2018 are: Canadá (Alberta), Chile, Dinamarca, Finlandia, Francia, Alemania, Italia, Kazajistán, Corea, Luxemburgo, Portugal, Rusia, Estados Unidos and Uruguay. For Uruguay is the first participation.

The test will de apply in second level of Secondary education both in public and private schools (CES, UTU and FPB modality project’s):

  • Head of the centres
  • Head of ITC in the centres
  • Teachers of second level
  • Students of second level

National sample characteristics

In Uruguay the pilot test was implemented during January in 32 educational centres, for 754 students and 236 teachers.

The sample was distributed evenly considering a half were woman and the other half were men 50% (377 students in both cases). 

Students were distributed by age, as shown in the following graph, participated 53% of students aged 13, 25% of 14, and 10% of students aged 15 years. 11% of the total had over 15 at the time of the evaluation.



The definitive evaluation will be implemented during 2018, and will imply a total of 170 educative centres, with a population of 3.400 students and 2.550 teachers.


The instruments

The study include five instruments:

1) Students activity of two modules (30 minutes each one). 

2) Students questionnaire of one module (20 minutes)

3) Teachers questionnaire, self-administered (30 minutos).

4)  ICT cordinator questionnaire, self-administered (20 minutes)

5)  School principal questionnaire self-administered (20 minutes).


The results of the pilot will be available soon