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Video Studies

The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1999 Video Study examines classroom teaching practices through in-depth analysis of videotapes of eighth-grade lessons in mathematics and science. More ambitious than the earlier TIMSS 1995 Video Study, the TIMSS 1999 Video Study provides rich descriptions of mathematics and science teaching as it was actually experienced by eighth-grade students in seven countries. In addition to the United States, participating countries included Australia, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Students in these countries were generally among the top-performing students on the TIMSS 1995 mathematics assessment and, in particular, outperformed their U.S. counterparts. By studying nationally-representative samples of eighth-grade mathematics and science lessons, the TIMSS 1999 Video Study provides educators and policymakers a better understanding of how national, regional, and local policies related to curriculum and instruction are being implemented in the classroom.

Results from the TIMSS Video Studies have been published in a series of reports. Click on the links below to view Highlights from the studies, or to view the full reports and video clips.

For more information about the TIMSS 1999 Video Study, go to the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Reports and articles related to the findings of the TIMSS Video Studies are available under Publications & Products.