Skip Navigation
small NCES header image
Title:  Pursuing Excellence: A Study of U.S. Eighth-Grade Mathematics and Science Teaching, Learning, Curriculum, and Achievement in International Context: Initial Findings From The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (1995)
Description: The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is the largest, most comprehensive, and most rigorous international comparison of education ever undertaken. During the 1995 school year, the study tested the mathematics and science knowledge of a half-million students from 41 nations at five different grade levels. In addition to tests and questionnaires, it included a curriculum analysis, videotaped observations of mathematics classrooms, and case studies of policy issues. This report presents the major findings from the aforementioned components of TIMSS at the eighth-grade level.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: November 1996
Web Release: November 20, 1996
Publication #: NCES 97198
Center/Program: NCES
Authors: Lois Peak
Type of Product: Statistical Analysis Report
Survey/Program Areas: International Activities Program (IAP)
Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
Achievement (student)
International comparisons
Questions: For questions about the content of this Statistical Analysis Report, please contact:
Stephen Provasnik.
Would you like to help us improve our products and website by taking a short survey?

YES, I would like to take the survey


No Thanks

The survey consists of a few short questions and takes less than one minute to complete.
National Center for Education Statistics -
U.S. Department of Education