A first look at TIMSS 2015

Filling the pail

TIMSS is a series of international tests in maths and science that first took place in 1995 and that has been repeated every four years since then. The 2015 data has just been published and I have been trying to quickly digest the Australian version of the report. This post thereforehas a bit of an Aussie slant – I will comment on other countries but I lack data on statistical significance.

It’s worth noting that TIMSS is a more abstract kind of assessment than the better known PISA. PISA sets questions in contexts, for instance by using mathematics to solve a practical problem. This means that there is quite a heavy reading load for PISA test items. In comparison, TIMSS has a more traditional feel, asking some context-free textbook questions such as42.65 +5.728 = ?.

TIMSS assessments test maths in Grades 4 and 8 as well as science in…

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