IEA’s TIMSS enables countries around the world to measure how effective they are in teaching mathematics and science. Entering into its third decade and seventh cycle of data collection, TIMSS is a well established international assessment conducted every four years since 1995 — the longest of any international education study.

eTIMSS 2019: All the Benefits of TIMSS with More Student Engagement and Operational Efficiencies

TIMSS 2019 marks the debut of eTIMSS, an electronic version of TIMSS. eTIMSS offers an engaging, interactive, and visually attractive assessment that will assess complex areas of the frameworks and increase operational efficiency in translation, assessment delivery, data entry, and scoring. It is anticipated that about half the countries participating in TIMSS 2019 will transition to administering the assessment via computer. The rest of the countries will administer TIMSS in a paper-and-pencil format as in previous assessments.

Policy Relevant Information

Conducted every four years at the fourth and eighth grades, TIMSS has a quasi-longitudinal design, with the fourth grade student cohort assessed four years later at the eighth grade. Assessing fourth grade students can provide an early warning for necessary curricular reforms, and the effectiveness of reforms can be further monitored at the eighth grade.

TIMSS also collects important information about the students’ contexts for learning mathematics and science. The participating countries and the students, as well as their parents, teachers, and school principals, complete questionnaires about home and school learning experiences and instruction. Data from the questionnaires can raise important issues about the implementation of educational policies and practices.