TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study)

Summary

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an educational research study on student achievement in mathematics and science around the world.

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TIMSS Cycles, Publications, International Data and Information
For each individual four year cycle of TIMSS and publications based on results from TIMSS please refer to 'Related Pages' inset box (top right). For links to international publications, data and information on the IEA website refer to the 'Where to find out More' inset box (right).

Description

Key Facts: TIMSS
When: Four-yearly assessment since 1994.
Who: Year 5 and Year 9 students.
What: Mathematics and science achievement.
How: Conducted under the auspices of the IEA; managed internationally by Boston College; and managed within New Zealand by the Ministry of Education.
Where: From 41 countries in 1994/95 to 57 countries in 2014/15.


Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an educational research study on student achievement in mathematics and science around the world. It is designed to measure and interpret differences in national educational systems in order to help improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science worldwide. In 1994, TIMSS began the first study in a regular cycle of studies at four-year intervals. TIMSS assesses achievement in mathematics and science at middle primary (Year 5) and lower secondary (Year 9) levels, and collects background information on student, classroom and school contexts through questionnaires.

As well as providing countries with a snapshot of achievement at each cycle, participation at four-yearly intervals has allowed countries, including New Zealand, to measure trends in achievement by comparing performance across the cycles. The latest cycle of TIMSS was conducted in 2014 in Southern Hemisphere countries and 2015 in Northern Hemisphere countries. Hence the study is called TIMSS 2015 internationally and TIMSS 2014/15 in New Zealand.
 
TIMSS is conducted under the auspices of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), which is an independent international co-operative of national research institutions and government agencies. The Ministry of Education's Comparative Education Research Unit manages the implementation of the TIMSS studies in New Zealand.

Related Pages

Where to find out more

Contact Us

TIMSS
For queries about the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) please contact:

Robyn Caygill
TIMSS National Research Co-ordinator
Comparative Education Research Unit
Analysis and Research Group
Ministry of Education, P O Box 1666
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Email:   TIMSS Mailbox
Phone: 64-4-463 8000