Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study - TIMSS


The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) was developed by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) to measure trends in students' mathematics and science achievement. Offered in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011, TIMSS provides participating countries with an opportunity to measure students' progress in mathematics and science achievement on a regular 4-year cycle. Through participation in TIMSS, the United States has gained reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of our students compared to that of students in other countries.
In Spring 2011, Connecticut participated in Grade 8 TIMSS as an education system, which required assessing a representative sample of Connecticut eighth grade students in mathematics and science. Connecticut’s TIMSS 2011 results can be compared to other participating education systems around the world.

TIMSS 2011 Results for Connecticut    

In 1999, a special TIMSS assessment tested a national sample of eighth graders and approximately 2000 eighth-grade students in about 50 Connecticut public schools. This TIMSS assessment (TIMSS-R) enabled the state to compare instructional practices of teachers, student attitudes, and curriculum with that of other nations and states. It also enabled the state to assess the rigor and effectiveness of math and science programs in an international context.

Results of the Third International Math and Science Study - Repeat (TIMSS-R)

Approximately half of the items used in the TIMSS assessment are released to the public after each round of testing. Released mathematics and science items can be used by educators in a variety of ways.

Released TIMSS Materials

TIMSS Resources