News and Publications



This News and Events page will be kept up to date with information that is about, or linked to, TIMSS 2015 and other international surveys in education.

We are planning a range of conferences and events to share the results of the TIMSS 2015 study with school leaders, policy makers, researchers and the media. These events will take place throughout 2017, following the publication of the TIMSS 2015 report in December 2016. Details of these conferences will appear on this page.

TIMSS 2015 National Survey

We are delighted to announce that the TIMSS 2015 national survey is now available.

The national report for TIMSS 2015 provides a comprehensive overview of the administration of the study in England as well as our results. It was uploaded to the research publication page on 29th November to coincide with the IEA's publication of international results.

It can be accessed from the following link: 


'Times tables are important. But there is much more to understanding multiplication' | TES

Jeremy Hodgen, professor of mathematics education at the University of Nottingham, writes: 

In the only international survey of primary mathematics, the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (Timss), England compares well to most countries: in 2011, it scored well above the international mean.

International Tests Are Not All the Same | Brookings

Last month, the latest results were released from the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). 

The scores dispelled the myth that all international tests are the same.

TIMSS and Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) are quite different. TIMSS is curriculum-based, reflecting the skills and knowledge taught in schools. PISA assesses whether students can apply what they’ve learned to solve “real world” problems. PISA tests an age-based sample (15 year olds). PIRLS and TIMSS are grade-based (4th and 8th graders). PISA is overseen by representatives from participating governments who meet under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). TIMSS and PIRLS are governed by a consortium of researchers and government representatives known as the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).


IEA International Study Centre

The IEA’s TIMSS and PIRLS international study centre provides information on TIMSS 1995 to 2011

IEA TIMSS (and PIRLS) 2011 key findings

In 2011 TIMSS (Trends and Maths and Science Study) and PIRLS (Progress in Reading Literature Study) were undertaken at the same time. The IEA’s report provides analysis of both studies.

IEA TIMSS 2011 Encyclopedia

The encyclopedia provides an overview of the national contexts for maths and science education in the countries participating in TIMSS 2011. It is an important resource for helping to understand the various settings for teaching and learning for maths and science around the world.

For details on where to find previous National reports please look on the ‘Survey Info’ tab.