The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an international study developed by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The study takes place in over 60 countries every 4 years and provides a unique insight into how well pupils from all over the world can apply knowledge and skills in mathematics and science in Years 6 and 10 (Grades 4 and 8 internationally). In Northern Ireland only Year 6 (Grade 4) pupils are sampled.
Why is TIMSS important?
TIMSS enables countries around the world to make evidence-based decisions to improve their education systems. It provides an opportunity to compare achievement internationally, to learn from the policies and practices of other countries, and monitor trends over time according to independent measures. The study also collects valuable information on pupil attitudes and motivations to help understand how they contribute to pupil performance.
What does the assessment consist of?
The TIMSS study comprises a computer-based assessment of mathematics and science for pupils, who will also complete a questionnaire about their attitudes to the subjects and learning in general. Class teachers and Principals will also be asked to complete a questionnaire to provide important contextual information to supplement the assessment data. Parents/guardians of participating pupils will be asked to complete an online questionnaire to provide further context from the home environment.
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