How do American students compare with students across the globe in math and science?

March 8, 2006

By Flinn Foundation

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. students compared to that of students in other countries. TIMSS data has been collected in 1995, 1999, and 2003. The United States will next collect TIMSS data in the Spring of 2007.

At the TIMSS website, students can compare their level of knowledge against students from around the world. Students pick a subject (math, science, or civics), a grade (4th, 8th, or 9th), and how many questions they want to see (230 currently in the database), then click the “Show Questions” button.