TIMSS 2011: Mathematics and Science Achievement in England

Linda Sturman, Bethan Burge, Rose Cook, Harriet Weaving

11 December 2012

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TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) is a worldwide research project, taking place every four years and providing data about trends in mathematics and science achievement over time. It assesses the knowledge and skills of pupils aged 9-10 (otherwise known as fourth grade) and 13-14 (eighth grade). It also enables researchers to collect extensive background information about the quantity, quality, and content of teaching, which can be used to make comparisons between participating countries. Findings from the survey are used to inform education policy and to improve teaching and learning in mathematics and science for pupils around the world.

TIMSS 2011 involved pupils in 63 countries around the world (60 participating at one or both of the target grades and three administering to older pupils). Fourth grade results were reported for 57 of those 60 participants and eighth grade for 56 of them. Of the 60 participants, 39 had results reported for both grades. Two UK nations participated in TIMSS 2011. In Northern Ireland, 136 primary schools participated. In England, 125 primary schools and 118 secondary schools participated. NFER would like to thank these schools, their teachers and pupils for representing their country and helping to make TIMSS 2011 a success. The appendix to the national reports for Northern Ireland and England provide more information about the samples.

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