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 in Years 5 and 9 (Grades 4 and 8).
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.