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How similar are the PISA and TIMSS studies?

Christina Swensson.  This is the fifth in a series of blogs that delve below the headline findings from the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). This blog investigates the similarities between TIMSS and the Programme for International

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Posted in International comparisons, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

What does the TIMSS 2015 international encyclopedia tell us about how our curriculum and assessment compare with other countries’?

Tina Isaacs and Christina Swensson. This is the fourth in a series of blogs that delve below the headline findings from the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). This blog focuses on what TIMSS can tell us

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, International comparisons, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

TIMSS 2015: do teachers and leaders in England face greater challenges than their international peers?

Toby Greany and Christina Swensson.  This is the third in a series of blogs that delve below the headline findings from the 2015 Trends in International Maths and Science Study (TIMSS)[1]. In this blog, we focus on how the perceptions

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Posted in International comparisons, Leadership and management, Teachers and teaching assistants

England’s performance in TIMSS 2015: a 20 year story of improvement?

Toby Greany.  The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Survey (TIMSS) now provides 20 years-worth of internationally comparable data on the mathematics and science performance of primary and secondary pupils worldwide, and the contexts in which they learn. England has

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Posted in Education policy, International comparisons, Schools

People having a pop at PISA should give it a break…

John Jerrim For those who don’t know, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a major cross-national study of 15 year olds’ academic abilities. It covers three domains (reading, maths and science), and since 2000 has been conducted tri-annually

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