The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an assessment of mathematics and science that has been monitoring trends in pupil achievement in Years 5 and 9 (Grades 4 and 8) since 1995. TIMSS takes place every 4 years in over 60 countries and provides internationally comparative data on pupils’ attainment in mathematics and science, and how their performance is related to their attitudes, gender and background.
In addition, TIMSS includes questionnaires for teachers and headteachers, which provide a valuable perspective on maths and science teaching and the school environment.
What does TIMSS consist of?
For both Year 5 and Year 9, TIMSS consists of four components in England:
- an onscreen mathematics and science assessment for pupils
- a background questionnaire for pupils
- a questionnaire for teachers
- and a school questionnaire for headteachers.
For more information and links to example items, please see our FAQs (question 8).
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