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NCES 2017002 Highlights from TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced 2015: Mathematics and Science Achievement of U.S. Students in Grades 4 and 8 and in Advanced Courses at the End of High School in an International Context
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2015 is the sixth administration of this international comparative study since 1995 when first administered. TIMSS is used to compare over time the mathematics and science knowledge and skills of fourth- and eighth-graders. TIMSS is designed to align broadly with mathematics and science curricula in the participating countries. The results, therefore, suggest the degree to which students have learned mathematics and science concepts and skills likely to have been taught in school. In 2015, TIMSS was administered in 49 IEA member countries and 6 other education systems at grade 4, and in 38 IEA member countries and 6 other education systems at grade 8.

TIMSS Advanced assesses the advanced mathematics and physics knowledge and skills of students at the end of high school who have taken courses in advanced mathematics and physics. TIMSS Advanced 2015 represents only the second administration in which the United States has participated since the first administration in 1995, and is designed to align broadly with the advanced mathematics and physics curricula in the participating countries. The results, therefore, suggest the degree to which students have learned the advanced mathematics and physics concepts and skills likely to have been taught in school. Nine countries participated in TIMSS Advanced 2015.

The focus of the report is on the performance of U.S. students relative to their peers in other countries on TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced 2015, and, for TIMSS results, on changes in achievement since 2011 and 1995. For a number of participating countries and education systems, changes in achievement can be documented over the last 20 years, from 1995 to 2015. This report also describes the characteristics of students who participated in the advanced mathematics and physics assessments at the end of high school, and describes the performance of males and females in these subjects. In addition, it includes achievement in Florida, a U.S. state that participated in TIMSS both as part of the U.S. national sample of public and private schools as well as individually with state-level samples of public schools.

In addition to numerical scale results, TIMSS also includes international benchmarks. The TIMSS international benchmarks provide a way to interpret the scale scores by describing the types of knowledge and skills students demonstrate at different levels along the TIMSS scale.

Additional tables with TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced results will be available on the NCES website at http://nces.ed.gov/timss/timss15.asp.
11/29/2016
NCES 2016144 The Condition of Education 2016
NCES has a mandate to report to Congress on the condition of education by June 1 of each year. The Condition of Education 2016 summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The 2016 report presents 43 key indicators on the status and condition of education and are grouped under four main areas: (1) population characteristics, (2) participation in education, (3) elementary and secondary education, and (4) postsecondary education. Also included in the report are 3 Spotlight indicators that provide a more in-depth look at some of the data.
5/26/2016
NCES 2013041 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 U.S. restricted-use datafile
This datafile contains school IDs that can be linked to the public-use U.S. TIMSS 2011 datafile to allow for merging with data from the Common Core of Data (CCD) and Private School Universe Survey (PSS). This datafile can only be obtained by those who apply for a restricted-use license through NCES. Information on how to merge the restricted-use datafile with the U.S. TIMSS 2011 public-use datafile is included.

A User Guide to the data is included in the U.S. TIMSS and PIRLS 2011 Technical Report, which is available online separately (publication number 2013046).
12/31/2013
NCES 2013043 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2011: U.S. restricted-use datafile
This datafile contains school IDs that can be linked to the public-use U.S. PIRLS 2011 datafile to allow for merging with data from the Common Core of Data (CCD) and Private School Universe Survey (PSS). This datafile can only be obtained by those who apply for a restricted-use license through NCES. Information on how to merge the restricted-use datafile with the U.S. PIRLS 2011 public-use datafile is included.

A User Guide to the data is included in the U.S. TIMSS and PIRLS 2011 Technical Report, which is available online separately (publication number 2013046).
12/31/2013
NCES 2013046 U.S. TIMSS and PIRLS 2011 Technical Report and User's Guide
The U.S. TIMSS and PIRLS 2011 Technical Report and User's Guide provides an overview of the design and implementation in the United States of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2011, along with information designed to facilitate access to the U.S. TIMSS and PIRLS 2011 data.
11/26/2013
NCES 2013042 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2011: U.S. Public-Use Data Files
This datafile contains the U.S. PIRLS 2011 data, including data that were collected only in the United States and not included on the international database available from the IEA. The additional data relate to the race and ethnicity of students and the percentage of students in a school eligible for the Federal free and reduced-price lunch program, among other variables. This datafile is intended to be used in conjunction with the international datafile available from the IEA.

A User Guide to the data is included in the U.S. TIMSS and PIRLS 2011 Technical Report, which is available online separately (publication number 2013046).
8/27/2013
NCES 2013038 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 U.S. public-use datafile
This datafile contains the U.S. TIMSS 2011 data, including data that were collected only in the United States and not included on the international database available from the IEA. The additional data relate to the race and ethnicity of students and the percentage of students in a school eligible for the Federal free and reduced-price lunch program, among other variables. This datafile is intended to be used in conjunction with the international datafile available from the IEA.

A User Guide to the data is included in the U.S. TIMSS and PIRLS 2011 Technical Report, which is available online separately (publication number 2013046).
8/13/2013
NCES 2013009REV Highlights From TIMSS 2011: Mathematics and Science Achievement of U.S. Fourth- and Eighth-Grade Students in an International Context
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 is the fifth administration of this international comparative study since 1995 when first administered. TIMSS is used to compare over time the mathematics and science knowledge and skills of fourth- and eighth-graders. TIMSS is designed to align broadly with mathematics and science curricula in the participating countries. The results, therefore, suggest the degree to which students have learned mathematics and science concepts and skills likely to have been taught in school. In 2011, there were 54 countries and 20 other educational systems that participated in TIMSS, at the fourth- or eighth-grade level, or both.

The focus of the report is on the performance of U.S. students relative to their peers in other countries in 2011, and on changes in mathematics and science achievement since 2007 and 1995. For a number of participating countries and education systems, changes in achievement can be documented over the last 16 years, from 1995 to 2011. This report also describes achievement within the United States by sex, race/ethnicity, and enrollment in public schools with different levels of poverty. In addition, it describes achievement in nine states that participated in TIMSS both as part of the U.S. national sample of public and private schools as well as individually with state-level samples of public schools.

In addition to numerical scale results, TIMSS also includes international benchmarks. The TIMSS international benchmarks provide a way to interpret the scale scores by describing the types of knowledge and skills students demonstrate at different levels along the TIMSS scale.

After the initial release of the NCES TIMSS 2011 national report and supplemental tables, several minor changes were made to the report, Appendix A, and to footnotes in Appendix E. View the errata notice for details.
12/11/2012
NCES 2013010REV Highlights From PIRLS 2011: Reading Achievement of U.S. Fourth-Grade Students in an International Context
The Progress In International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2011 is the third administration of this international comparison since the initial administration in 2001. PIRLS is used to compare over time the reading skills of 4th-grade students and is designed to align broadly with reading curricula in the participating countries. The results, therefore, suggest the degree to which students have learned the reading concepts and skills likely to have been taught in school. In 2011, there were 53 education systems (including countries and other education systems) that participated at grade 4.

The focus of the report is on the performance of U.S. students relative to their peers in other education systems in 2011, and on changes in reading achievement since 2001. For a number of participating education systems, changes in achievement can be documented over the last 10 years, from 2001 to 2011.

In addition to framing the reading literacy of U.S. students within an international context, the report shows how the reading literacy of U.S. 4th-graders varies by student background characteristics and contextual factors that may be associated with reading proficiency. Following the presentation of results, a technical appendix describes the study design, data collection, and analysis procedures that guided the administration of PIRLS 2011 in the United States and in the other participating education systems.

After the initial release of the NCES PIRLS 2011 national report and supplemental tables, several minor changes were made to the report and to a footnote in Appendix E. View the errata notice for details.
12/11/2012
NCES 2010024 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2007 U.S. public-use datafile
This datafile contains the U.S. TIMSS 2007 data, including data that were collected only in the United States and not included on the international database available from the IEA. The additional data relate to the race and ethnicity of students and the percentage of students in a school eligible for the Federal free and reduced lunch program, among other variables. This datafile is intended to be used in conjunction with the international datafile available from the IEA.

A User Guide to the data is included in the U.S. TIMSS 2007 technical report, which is available online separately (publication number 2009012).
11/6/2009
NCES 2010025 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2007 U.S. restricted-use datafile
This datafile contains school IDs that can be linked to the public-use U.S. TIMSS 2007 datafile to allow for merging with data from the Common Core of Data (CCD) and Private School Universe Survey (PSS). This datafile can only be obtained by those who apply for a restricted-use license through NCES. Information on how to merge the restricted-use datafile with the U.S. TIMSS 2007 public-use datafile is included.

A User Guide to the data is included in the U.S. TIMSS 2007 technical report, which is available online separately (publication number 2009012).
11/6/2009
NCES 2009013 Teacher Strategies to Help Fourth-Graders Having Difficulty in Reading: An International Perspective
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) assesses the reading achievement of fourth-graders and collects data on their teachers’ reading instruction practices and strategies. Presenting data from the United States and the 44 other jurisdictions that participated in PIRLS 2006, this Statistics in Brief describes international patterns in the strategies reported by teachers to help fourth-graders falling behind in reading. These strategies include: (a) waiting to see if performance improves with maturation, (b) spending more time working on reading individually with that student, (c) having other students work on reading with the student having difficulty, (d) having the student work in the regular classroom with a teacher-aide, (e) having the student work in the regular classroom with a reading specialist, (f) having the student work in a remedial reading classroom with a reading specialist, (g) assigning homework to help the student catch up, (h) and asking the parents to help the student with reading. Asking the parents to help the student was among the most commonly cited strategies in 44 of the 45 jurisdictions. Working with a reading specialist in a regular classroom was among the least commonly cited strategies in 40 jurisdictions.
9/29/2009
NCES 2009012 TIMSS 2007 U.S. Technical Report and User Guide
The U.S. TIMSS 2007 Technical Report and User Guide provides an overview of the design and implementation of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2007 in the United States, along with information designed to facilitate access to the U.S. TIMSS 2007 data.
9/23/2009
NCES 2009050 User's Guide for the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS): 2006 Data Files and Database with United States Specific Variables
The User's Guide for the PIRLS 2006 public-use data for the United States is a technical manual that describes how these data were collected and processed as well as how to use the datafiles to conduct statistical analyses. The appendixes of the User's Guide include the results of a comparison of PIRLS and NAEP reading assessments and a nonresponse bias analysis of PIRLS 2006 data.
3/30/2009
NCES 2009061 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2006: U.S. Public-Use Data Files and Electronic Codebook
This CD-ROM contains PIRLS 2006 public-use data for the United States in ASCII format. It also contains a user's guide and an electronic codebook.
3/30/2009
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