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NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study

NCES initiated this special study in an effort to link the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scale to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) scale so that states could compare the performance of their students with that of students in other countries. The study was conducted in 2011 with eighth-grade students in all 52 states/jurisdictions that participated in the NAEP mathematics and science assessments. Read more about TIMSS.

  • State Math Performance

    State Math Performance

    Thirty-six states scored higher than the international average in mathematics. Ten states had scores that were not significantly different from the average and 6 states had lower scores.


  • Global Competitiveness Math

    Global Competitiveness
    Math

    Mathematics performance on TIMSS varied among states. Massachusetts scored higher than 42 of the 47 participating education systems, while Alabama scored higher than 19 education systems.

  • State Science Performance

    State Science Performance

    Forty-seven states scored higher than the international average in science. Two states had scores that were not significantly different from the average and three states had lower scores.


  • Global Competitiveness Science

    Global Competitiveness Science

    Science performance on TIMSS varied among states. Massachusetts and Vermont scored higher than 43 of the 47 participating education systems, while the District of Columbia scored higher than 14.


How the NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study Works


NCES coordinated efforts across the NAEP and TIMSS assessment programs to conduct the 2011 NAEP-TIMSS linking study. The National Assessment Governing Board and NCES modified the NAEP assessment schedule so that eighth-graders in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense schools (referred to as "states" or U.S. states) could be assessed in mathematics and science in 2011.

The NAEP-TIMSS linking study used states' NAEP scores to predict performance on TIMSS. Nine states participated in 2011 TIMSS at the state level. In the linking study, their actual TIMSS scores were used to validate their predicted results. 

The 38 countries and 9 subnational education systems from various countries that assessed eighth-graders in 2011 TIMSS are all referred to as "education systems" on this website and in the report. Results in mathematics and science are reported as average scores on the TIMSS scale (0–1,000, with an average of 500).

 
See additional information on the NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study. See mathematics data tables. See science data tables. See exclusion rates.
2011 NAEP TIMSS report cover

Explore U.S. States in a Global Context: Results from the 2011 NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study.

Download a copy of the 2011 NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study.

Read the statement from Jack Buckley, Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics.

Read the news release for the 2011 NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study PDF File (602 KB)


View the Assessment Frameworks

NAEP Mathematics Framework  NAEP Science Framework TIMSS Framework 


Read more about NAEP and TIMSS

2011 NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study: Technical Report on the Linking Methodologies and Their Evaluations (NCES 2014-461) 2011 NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study: Linking Methodologies and Their Evaluations (NCES 2013-469)A Comparison of the 2011 Grade 8 NAEP and TIMSS Mathematics and Science Frameworks A Comparison of the 2011 Grade 8 NAEP and TIMSS Mathematics and Science Assessment Items

Last updated 17 November 2016 (DS)