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TIMSS 2014/15

Summary

TIMSS 2014/15 is the sixth in a cycle of studies designed to measure trends in science and mathematics achievement at the middle primary and lower secondary levels. For this cycle of TIMSS, New Zealand will test Year 9 and Year 5 students in 2014. The students will be tested towards the end of their school year; in Southern Hemisphere countries around November and in Northern Hemisphere countries around May 2015.

Key Facts: TIMSS 2014/15
When:October and November 2014 for Year 5 and November 2014 for Year 9 in New Zealand.
Who:Year 5 and Year 9 students, their teachers and principals.
What:Assessment in mathematics and science, with background information also collected.
How:Under the auspices of the  IEA; managed internationally by Boston College, and within New Zealand by the Ministry of Education.
Where:More than 60 countries from around the world plan to participate in TIMSS 2014/15.

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is conducted on a four-year cycle. The first study was administered in participating countries in 1994 and 1995.

The sixth cycle of TIMSS assessments, will give New Zealand detailed information about curriculum and curriculum implementation, instructional practices, and school resources over a 20-year period. TIMSS 2014/15 is currently in the field trial phase.

Development began with revising the assessment framework used in previous cycles of TIMSS. The framework outlines the assessment design and details the mathematics and science content and cognitive skills to be tested at the Year 5 and Year 9 levels. Countries are currently preparing for the field-testing of the data collection instruments. Information collected in the field test will be used to finalise the assessment materials, contextual questionnaires, and procedures to be used in the main data collection.

New Zealand schedule:

  • TIMSS 2014/15 initiation in February 2013
  • Field test Year 5 and Year 9 contextual questionnaires and assessment materials in March/April 2014.
  • Main data collection for Year 5 in October and November 2014.
  • Main data collection for Year 9 in November 2014.
  • The international reports for both Year levels released in December 2016, followed by the international database and user guide in February 2017.

Downloads / Links

Indicator Icon  TIMSS Publications

Where to Find Out More

For TIMSS international information, publications and data please visit:

Website  IEA website: TIMSS Information

Website  IEA website: Publications

Website  IEA website: International Data

Contact Us

For queries about TIMSS please email either the:  TIMSS Mailbox
or the:         Research Mailbox


Or alternatively you can contact:

Robyn Caygill
TIMSS National Research Coordinator
Research Division
Ministry of Education
P O Box 1666
Wellington 6140

DDI:    +64 4 463 8294
Fax:     +64 4 463 8312
Email:  TIMSS Mailbox

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