Global assessment : Asia tops , Israel drops

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)  is one of the world’s most influential global assessments of student achievement in math and science. With more than 60 participants and 425,000 students assessed, TIMSS 2007 also is the largest study of student math and science achievement in the world. Each country sampled approximately 4,000 students in 150 schools.

According to the recent  reports of the TIMSS  ,released by the study’s directors Michael O. Martin and Ina V.S. Mullis of Boston College,Students from Asian countries were top performers in math and science at both the fourth and eighth grade levels.

In mathematics, at the fourth grade level, Hong Kong SAR and Singapore were the top performing countries, followed by Chinese Taipei and Japan. Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, England, Latvia, and the Netherlands also performed very well.In mathematics achievement at the eighth grade, Chinese Taipei, Korea, and Singapore were followed by Hong Kong SAR and Japan.

In science, students from Singapore and Chinese Taipei were top performers at both grade levels.

Benchmarking Participants
* Alberta (Canada)
* Basque Country (Spain)
* British Columbia (Canada)
* Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
* Massachusetts (United States)
* Minnesota (United States)
* Ontario (Canada)
* Quebec (Canada)

The Israeli Education  Minister has pointed out the weak Israeli test scores as a crisis. Israeli students fared poorly in math and science on international and national exams.

Israel placed 24th out of 49 nations in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, five places lower than in 2003, and 25th in additional science tests, a two-place drop from 2003. The results of the tests administered to Israeli fourth- and eighth-graders were announced Tuesday.

Additional studies :

Download the International Mathematics report here . (~ 78MB)

Download the International Science report here . (~ 78MB)

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