How many schools are participating in TIMSS field trial in England and what is involved?
Your child’s school is one of 80 schools in England that have been selected to participate and we are delighted to be involved. The study involves answering a range of questions on mathematics and science on a computer, as well as a short questionnaire. Your child doesn’t need to do anything to prepare and nor will it affect their results or progress in school. The TIMSS results include no data that could identify your child or their school, this is because it is the education system, not your child, that is being reviewed. We recommend pupils bring a book they can read if they finish early.
What is the field trial?
The field trial is run with a smaller number of schools to test the content, questions and mode of delivery before the main study. Lessons learnt in the field trial are used to improve the main study: it is therefore a very important and influential part of TIMSS.
What information will be collected and why?
The purpose of the study is to gather data on children’s learning and development, in order to learn more about how best to support children. This information will contribute to future improvements in education policy and provision both in the UK and internationally. The Department for Education (DfE) has commissioned Pearson UK and their partners at UCL to carry out the study in England. The privacy and data security of the young people and schools we work with is very important to us and no individual child, parent, carer, teacher or school will be identified or identifiable in any reporting.
TIMSS uses a computer-based assessment to assess mathematics and science achievement at Years 5 and 9. This will help give our government an indication of progress in these subjects in comparison to other countries from around the world.
The questionnaire will ask pupils to provide contextual information, such as questions about their home life and interests in learning. All data from the study will be de-identified, and combined with responses from other pupils taking part in England and compared with results of pupils around the world. If there are any questions your child does not wish to answer they may leave them blank.
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What have we learnt from TIMSS?
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If you have any queries on any aspect of the study, please do not hesitate to contact the TIMSS support team.
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