Since the 1930s, at each session of the International Conference on Education (ICE) countries present a National Report on the Development of Education. This is a unique collection which has been exploited over decades in a wide range of studies and trend analyses by researchers and scholars worldwide.
The National Reports can be considered as one of the main sources for comparing educational data across countries and over time, and a useful tool for the exchange of information and experience in the field of education.
The series of National Reports were made available in electronic format for the first time in 1994 (CD-ROM and Internet). Since 1996, the reports serve as a basis for the preparation of profiles of national education systems included in the database World Data on Education, which is also available on the IBE website and on CD-ROM. They are also used as a source of data in the preparation of studies and trend analyses.