ERIC Number: ED414207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Mathematics and Science Achievement in the Final Year of Secondary School: IEA's Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
Mullis, Ina V. S.; Martin, Michael O.; Beaton, Albert E.; Gonzalez, Eugenio J.; Kelly, Dana L.; Smith, Teresa A.
The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) covered five different grade levels, with more than 40 countries collecting data in more than 30 different languages. More than a million students were tested. The present report contains the TIMSS results for students in the final year of secondary school. Mathematics and science literacy achievement results are reported for 21 countries; advanced mathematics results and physics results, respectively, are reported for 16 countries. These results complete the first round of descriptive reports from the TIMSS study. Together with the results for primary school students (third and fourth grade in most countries) and middle school students (seventh and eighth grades in most countries), the results contained in this report provide valuable information about the relative effectiveness of a country's education system as students progress through school. A ten-page Executive Summary details the extensive conclusions to be drawn from the study. Dozens of tables and figures provide detailed statistics for all participating countries. The Netherlands and Sweden were the top performing countries in mathematics; France was the top performer in advanced mathematics; Norway and Sweden had physics achievement levels significantly higher than other participating countries. The appendixes contain extensive information pertaining to the development of the TIMSS tests, sample sizes and participation rates, compliance with sampling guidelines, and the test-curriculum matching analysis. (DDR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Hands on Science, High Schools, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Numeracy, Problem Solving, Science Achievement, Science Education, Science Process Skills, Scientific Literacy, Sex Differences, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation, Tables (Data)
TIMSS International Study Center, Boston College, School of Education, Campion Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02167; World Wide Web: http//wwwcsteep.bc.edu/timss
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Boston Coll., Chestnut Hill, MA. Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy.; International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study