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Konstantopoulos, Spyros; Shen, Ting – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2016
Class size reduction has been viewed as one school mechanism that can improve student achievement. Nonetheless, the literature has reported mixed findings about class size effects. We used 4th- and 8th-grade data from TIMSS 2003 and 2007 to examine the association between class size and mathematics achievement in public schools in Cyprus. We…
Descriptors: Class Size, Mathematics Achievement, Evidence, International Assessment
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Nilsen, Trude; Gustafsson, Jan-Eric – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2014
We study whether changes in school emphasis on academic success (SEAS) and safe schools (SAFE) may explain the increased science performance in Norway between TIMSS 2007 and 2011. Two-level structural equation modelling (SEM) of merged TIMSS data was used to investigate whether changes in levels of SEAS and SAFE mediate the changes in science…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Success, Science Achievement, Performance Based Assessment
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Mills, Jamie D.; Holloway, Charles E. – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2013
This study investigated the relationship between student achievement in statistics and factors at the student and teacher/classroom levels using the US 8th-grade Data and Chance content domain from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, 2007 (TIMSS, 2007). Using variables that have been linked to mathematics and statistics…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Statistics, Grade 8, Middle School Students
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Yu, Chong Ho – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2012
Many American authors expressed their concern that US competitiveness in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is losing ground. Using the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2007 data, this study investigated how academic self-concept and instrumental motivation influence science test performance among…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Science Tests, Cross Cultural Studies, Foreign Countries
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Scherman, Vanessa; Howie, Sarah J.; Bosker, Roel J. – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2011
In information-rich environments, schools are often presented with a myriad of data from which decisions need to be made. The use of the information on a classroom level may be facilitated if performance could be described in terms of levels of proficiency or benchmarks. The aim of this article is to explore benchmarks using data from a monitoring…
Descriptors: Standard Setting, Foreign Countries, Grade 8, Ability