Research and analysis

TIMSS 2011: mathematics and science achievement in England - brief

This research brief summarises the findings from the IEA trends in mathematics and science survey (TIMSS).



The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement’s (IEA) trends in mathematics and science survey (TIMSS) 2011 is a study of pupil performance and attitudes at ages 10 and 14 in mathematics and science. 62 countries took part in TIMSS 2011 which was conducted in England by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

NFER and the department have produced a national report of findings for England which, together with links to IEA international reports, can be accessed free of charge from the NFER website.

2011 is the first occasion on which TIMSS has coincided with the IEA progress in reading and literacy study (PIRLS) of 10-year-olds. Together, PIRLS 2011 and TIMSS 2011 present a picture of literacy, maths and science among 10-year-olds.