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TIMSS Advanced 2015 in Brief

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) Advanced is an international comparative study of student achievement. TIMSS Advanced 2015 represents the third such study since the first administration in 1995. Developed and implemented at the international level by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)—an international organization of national research institutions and governmental research agencies—TIMSS Advanced assesses the advanced mathematics and physics knowledge and skills of students in their final year of secondary school who have taken courses in advanced mathematics and physics. TIMSS Advanced was administered previously in 1995 and in 2008; however, the United States did not participate in 2008.

TIMSS Advanced 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. TIMSS Advanced also collects information on students, teachers, schools, curricula, and official education policies to allow cross-national comparison of educational contexts that may be related to student achievement.

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