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 is testing 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.
TIMSS Cycles, Information, Publications and International Data
For each individual four year cycle of TIMSS and publications based on the national results from TIMSS please refer to 'Related Pages' inset box (top right). For links to international publications, data and information on the IEA website please refer to the 'Where to find out More' inset box (right).
TIMSS 2014/15 Key Facts
When: October and November 2014 for Year 5 and Year 9 students 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.
Where: More than 60 countries from around the world are participating 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.
This 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.
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 in the main study phase.
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 and Year 9 in October and November 2014.
- The international reports for both Year levels released in December 2016, followed by the international database and user guide in February 2017.
Where to find out more
For queries about the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) please contact:
TIMSS National Research Co-ordinator
Ministry of Education
P O Box 1666
Phone: +64 4 463 8294
Fax: +64 4 463 8312
Email: TIMSS Mailbox