TIMSS 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 and 13 –14 around the world and enables researchers to collect extensive background information about pupils home and learning environments and the quantity, quality and content of teaching.
TIMSS can be used to provide educational policymakers, school leaders, teachers and researchers with powerful insights into how educational systems are functioning as well as how to improve teaching and learning in mathematics and science for pupils around the world.
Northern Ireland took part in TIMSS for the first time in the 2011 cycle.
Northern Ireland pupils took part in TIMSS 2015, which assesses how well our pupils perform in maths and science.
The results from TIMSS and other international studies are used to inform policy development and to provide a robust evidence base for comparative analysis of our system’s performance.
Our pupils performed extremely well in mathematics and although they did well in science there were areas where they didn’t do as well as expected. As a result, for the first time, we have used the analysis from TIMSS 2015 to develop new science resources for teachers.
These science lessons have been developed by NFER with advice and support from DE, CCEA, ETI and the EA, and are based on results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Sciences Study (TIMSS).
Teachers will find these resources useful in developing the use of practical and investigative work within the World Around Us lessons.
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