TIMSS in the fourth grade
Since 1995, the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) has been conducting the international student achievement study Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). In 2011, Germany participated for the second time (the first was in 2007) in the fourth grade part of the study (TIMSS in the fourth grade). Germany will also take part in the 2015 study cycle.
TIMSS in the fourth grade primarily aims to internationally compare elementary school students' achievement in science and mathematics. Additional questionnaires for students, parents, teachers, and principals allow student achievement to be related to contextual information on the national and international level.
In Germany, the Institute for School Development Research (IFS) at TU Dortmund University is in charge of the national project management. At the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN), a group of researchers is concerned with the national science part of TIMSS in the fourth grade.
For further information, please consult the IFS-homepage.
Members of the TIMSS group at the IPN:
Prof. Olaf Köller, Dr. Thilo Kleickmann und Dr. Steffani Saß