Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)


Large-scale assessment designed to inform educational policy and practice by providing an international perspective on teaching and learning in mathematics and science.


Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study

TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) is a large-scale assessment designed to inform educational policy and practice by providing an international perspective on teaching and learning in mathematics and science. 

TIMSS conducts comprehensive state-of the-art assessments of mathematics and science for students in Year 4 and Year 8, supported with extensive data about country, school, and classroom learning environments.  First conducted in 1995, TIMSS reports every four years on the achievement of Year 4 and Year 8 students. Australia has participated in all five cycles.

Although the current cycle is referred to as TIMSS 2015, in Australia the assessment takes place in 2014, because of differences in the timing of the school year in the northern and southern hemispheres.

Who’s involved in TIMSS?

More than 60 countries from all over the world will be participating in TIMSS 2015.

In Australia, 580 schools and over 14,000 students at Year 4 and Year 8 will be involved.

TIMSS is a project of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and is directed by the TIMSS International Study Center at Boston College in collaboration with a worldwide network of organisations and representatives from the participating countries. ACER is responsible for undertaking the data collection in Australian schools.