TIMSS 2003 Results

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2003 is the third comparison of mathematics and science achievement carried out since 1995 by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), an international organization of national research institutions and governmental research agencies. In 2003, some 46 countries participated in TIMSS, at either the fourth- or eighth-grade level, or both.

For a brief summary of

  • U.S. 4th graders’ performance in mathematics and science, click here.
  • change in 4th graders’ performance between 1995 and 2003, click here.
  • U.S. 8th graders’ performance in mathematics and science, click here.
  • change in 8th graders’ performance between 1995 and 2003, click here.

The full version of the report from which these findings are taken, Highlights from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2003, is available for browsing or downloading. To assist readers in understanding how the TIMSS 2003 and PISA 2003 assessments compare, a brief document (PDF, 114 KB) has been prepared that details the differences and similarities in the two assessments, as well as a comparison of the results in relation to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

For the 1999 results click here. For the 2007 results click here. Additional reports are also available under Publications & Products.