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Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)

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  • Post Date: 12/11/2012

Trends for International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an international test held by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The IEA started holding the TIMSS in 1995, and focused on sampling fourth and eighth grade students in participating countries every four years to investigate math and science learning achievement. Taiwan has already participated in the 1999, 2003, and 2007 assessments.

According to the investigation results of TIMSS 2007, Taiwan’s average result rankings for fourth grade students in math and science are 3rd and 2nd among the 37 participating countries. The average result rankings in math and science for 8th grade students among the 50 participating countries were 1st and 2nd. This outstanding performance shows the results of Taiwan’s attention and hard work toward science education. In particular, TIMSS 2007 was the first time students were tested after starting nine-year compulsory curriculum and the One Standard, Multiple Textbooks policy. The investigation results affirm the reform direction of Taiwan’s curriculum.

Statistical Charts And Tables

(1)   TIMSS 2007 International comparison of Taiwan’s math achievement performance 

Country (area)

Average Scores

       and Rankings

Items

Taiwan

Japan

Hong Kong

Singapore

South Korea

Fourth Grade Math

Overall

Performance

Scores

576

568

607

599

-

Rankings

3

4

1

2

-

Number

Scores

581

561

606

611

-

Rankings

3

4

2

1

-

Geometric Shapes and Measures

Scores

556

566

599

570

-

Rankings

4

3

1

2

-

Data

Display

Scores

567

578

585

583

-

Rankings

4

3

1

2

-

  

Country (area)

Average Scores

        and Rankings

Items

Taiwan

Japan

Hong Kong

Singapore

South Korea

Eighth Grade Math

Overall

Performance

Scores

598

570

572

593

597

Rankings

1

5

4

3

2

Number

Scores

577

551

567

597

583

Rankings

3

5

4

1

2

Algebra

Scores

617

559

565

579

596

Rankings

1

5

4

3

2

Geometry

Scores

592

573

570

578

587

Rankings

1

4

5

3

2

Data and Chance

Scores

566

573

549

574

580

Rankings

4

3

5

2

1

 

(2)   TIMSS 2007 International comparison of Taiwan’s science achievement performance 

Country (area)

Average Scores

        and Rankings

Items

Taiwan

Japan

Hong Kong

Singapore

South Korea

Fourth Grade Science

Overall

Performance

Scores

557

548

554

587

-

Rankings

2

4

3

1

-

Life

Science

Scores

541

530

532

582

-

Rankings

4

13

10

1

-

Physical

Science

Scores

559

564

558

585

-

Rankings

3

2

4

1

-

Earth

Science

Scores

553

529

560

554

-

Rankings

3

13

1

2

-

  

Country (area)

Average Scores

        and Rankings

Items

Taiwan

Japan

Hong Kong

Singapore

South Korea

Eighth Grade Science

Overall

Performance

Scores

561

554

530

567

553

Rankings

2

3

9

1

4

Biology

Scores

549

553

527

564

548

Rankings

3

2

11

1

4

Chemistry

Scores

573

551

517

560

536

Rankings

1

3

10

2

5

Physics

Scores

554

558

528

575

571

Rankings

4

3

8

1

2

Earth

Science

Scores

545

533

532

541

538

Rankings

1

6

6

3

4

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