TIMSS National Reports

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 grade 4) and 13-14 (grade 8). 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 2007 involved approximately 425,000 pupils in 59 countries around the world. Grade 4 results were reported for 36 of those countries and grade 8 for 49 of them. Of the 59 countries, 26 had results reported for both grades. Two UK countries participated in TIMSS 2007. In England, 143 primary schools and 137 secondary schools participated. In Scotland, 139 primaries and 129 secondaries participated. The NFER would like to thank these schools, their teachers and pupils for representing their country and helping to make TIMSS 2007 a success. The DCSF Research Brief provides further information.

The national report for England can be downloaded free of charge below. Printed copies are also available for sale through the Publications Unit, NFER, The Mere, Upton Park, Slough, Berks., SL1 2DQ. Tel: 01753 637002 or email: book.sales@nfer.ac.uk. There is an administration charge plus p&p for a single copy, with a 10% discount for bulk orders of 10 copies or more.