What is TIMSS?
TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) is designed to measure trends in students’ mathematics and science achievement in four-year cycles.
Who conducts these studies?
These studies are conducted by the
International Association for Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). IEA is an independent, international cooperative of national research institutions and governmental research agencies. They are based in Boston, Mass.
How many TIMSS have been conducted so far?
Conducted on a four-year cycle, the first round of TIMSS was in 1995, the second in 1999, the third in 2003, the fourth in 2007, and the fifth in 2011.
What does TIMSS have to do with Singapore Math Inc.®?
Singapore's 4th and 8th grade students scored top place for Mathematics in 1995, 1999 and 2003.
Singapore students who took TIMSS in 1995, 1999 and 2003 were using the
Primary Mathematics series, New Elementary Mathematics and New Syllabus Mathematics (5th Edition). Singapore Math Inc.® is the official distributor of Primary Mathematics and New Elementary Mathematics to U.S. and Canadian markets.
What are the key findings of TIMSS pertaining to Singapore's outstanding performance in mathematics?
Please see the following press releases by the Ministry of Education, Singapore:
http://www.moe.gov.sg/press/2004/pr20041214.htm (for TIMSS 2003)
http://www.moe.gov.sg/press/2000/pr06122000.htm (for TIMSS 1999)
http://www.moe.gov.sg/press/1997/st00297.htm (for TIMSS 1995)
Detailed information about TIMSS can be found at the
TIMSS web site and the IEA web site.