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TIMSS (Trends in Mathematics and Science Study)

 
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TIMSS (Trends in Mathematics and Science Study) is a project of the International ‎Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).  It assesses the ‎mathematics and science achievement of pupils in the Fourth and/or Eighth grades ‎‎(equivalent to Fourth class and Second year in Ireland).  First conducted in 1995, TIMSS ‎takes place every four years.  The 2011 cycle – when Ireland participated in the Fourth grade ‎component of TIMSS – was the first time that Ireland had taken part since 1995.

TIMSS is managed at an international level by the International Study Center in ‎Boston College.  Within each participating country, a National Research Centre manages the ‎study.  In Ireland, this role is filled by the Educational Research Centre.  The Centre is ‎supported in this work by a National Advisory Committee, chaired by the Department of ‎Education and Skills, and with representatives from the main education stakeholders.

A major purpose of TIMSS is to provide background information that can be used to ‎improve teaching and learning.  For example, the study collects detailed information about ‎curriculum and curriculum implementation, instructional practices, and school resources. The ‎assessment is based on comprehensive assessment frameworks developed collaboratively ‎with the participating countries.  The frameworks specify in some detail the knowledge, skills, ‎and understandings to be assessed.‎

The IEA is also responsible for PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy ‎Study).  In 2011, the cycles for TIMSS and PIRLS coincided for the first time, giving ‎countries the opportunity to take part in one or both assessments.  Of the 63 countries took ‎part in TIMSS (at either Fourth or Eighth grade, or both) in 2011, 34 – including Ireland – also ‎took part in PIRLS.

The initial Irish report on PIRLS and TIMSS 2011 was published in December 2012 ‎‎(Eivers & Clerkin - PIRLS and TIMSS 2011: Reading, mathematics and science ‎outcomes for Ireland) and a set of thematic analyses of the Irish data were published in ‎‎2013 (Eivers & Clerkin – National Schools, international contexts).  The International ‎Study Center also publishes international reports on the main results for mathematics and ‎science.  The main international results for TIMSS 2011 were published in December 2012.  ‎As some countries assessed the same pupils in PIRLS and TIMSS 2011, an additional ‎international report, analysing the relationship between performance across the three ‎domains of reading, mathematics and science, was published in October 2013.

Work is underway for the next TIMSS assessment.  A revised assessment ‎framework was developed in 2013.  The development of new test items and questionnaire ‎material is ongoing, in preparation for a field trial in 2014.  The main study will take place in ‎‎2015.‎

 

 
     
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Programme Of Work

TIMSS (Trends in Mathematics and Science Study)

TIMSS (Trends in Mathematics and Science Study) is a project of the International ‎Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).  It assesses the ‎mathematics and science achievement of pupils in the Fourth and/or Eighth grades ‎‎(equivalent to Fourth class and Second year in Ireland).  First conducted in 1995, TIMSS ‎takes place every four years.  The 2011 cycle – when Ireland participated in the Fourth grade ‎component of TIMSS – was the first time that Ireland had taken part since 1995.

TIMSS is managed at an international level by the International Study Center in ‎Boston College.  Within each participating country, a National Research Centre manages the ‎study.  In Ireland, this role is filled by the Educational Research Centre.  The Centre is ‎supported in this work by a National Advisory Committee, chaired by the Department of ‎Education and Skills, and with representatives from the main education stakeholders.

A major purpose of TIMSS is to provide background information that can be used to ‎improve teaching and learning.  For example, the study collects detailed information about ‎curriculum and curriculum implementation, instructional practices, and school resources. The ‎assessment is based on comprehensive assessment frameworks developed collaboratively ‎with the participating countries.  The frameworks specify in some detail the knowledge, skills, ‎and understandings to be assessed.‎

The IEA is also responsible for PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy ‎Study).  In 2011, the cycles for TIMSS and PIRLS coincided for the first time, giving ‎countries the opportunity to take part in one or both assessments.  Of the 63 countries took ‎part in TIMSS (at either Fourth or Eighth grade, or both) in 2011, 34 – including Ireland – also ‎took part in PIRLS.

The initial Irish report on PIRLS and TIMSS 2011 was published in December 2012 ‎‎(Eivers & Clerkin - PIRLS and TIMSS 2011: Reading, mathematics and science ‎outcomes for Ireland) and a set of thematic analyses of the Irish data were published in ‎‎2013 (Eivers & Clerkin – National Schools, international contexts).  The International ‎Study Center also publishes international reports on the main results for mathematics and ‎science.  The main international results for TIMSS 2011 were published in December 2012.  ‎As some countries assessed the same pupils in PIRLS and TIMSS 2011, an additional ‎international report, analysing the relationship between performance across the three ‎domains of reading, mathematics and science, was published in October 2013.

Work is underway for the next TIMSS assessment.  A revised assessment ‎framework was developed in 2013.  The development of new test items and questionnaire ‎material is ongoing, in preparation for a field trial in 2014.  The main study will take place in ‎‎2015.‎