Second Year

Ireland is one of 37 countries that participated in TIMSS at Second Year (Eighth grade) in 2015. This was the first time that Ireland participated in TIMSS at Second Year since 1995, when students in First and Second years were surveyed.

The study was conducted in a nationally representative sample of 149 post-primary schools between April 14th and May 1st. Within each school, up to two Second Year class groups were randomly selected (by the ERC) to participate in the assessments.  Student were asked to complete a test booklet containing both maths and science questions, and a Student Questionnaire which asked questions about the student’s background, their use of digital devices, what they think about school, and, in particular, what they think about maths and science.

Information was also gathered from school principals and the maths and science teachers of students taking part in order to build up a better picture of the Irish education system.

The initial results of the assessment were published in November, 2016, with additional contextual reports published in 2017 and 2018.

Ireland is one of  40 countries taking part in TIMSS 2019 at Eighth grade (Second year). In preparation for the main study, a Field Trial was conducted in April 2018. The purpose of the field trial is to try out new test and questionnaire material. The main study takes place in the spring of 2019, with results published at the end of 2020.

More Information

Information for students who have been selected to participate in the upcoming field trial can be found here.

To see the initial results of the 2015 assessment, click here.

For some examples of the type of maths and science questions that were used in the TIMSS 2015 Eight grade (Second Year) assessment please click here.

More information on TIMSS Eight grade (Second Year) can be found at