TIMSS 2007 result s for the Basque Country
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, TIMSS is one of the evaluations carried out by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. TIMSS data have been collected every 4 years since 1995, and the number of countries participating has increased since the first collection. In the most recent study, TIMSS 2007, 67 countries took part.
TIMSS provides results on pupil performance in two areas of knowledge: Mathematics and Science, by means of a test administered to pupils in all the participating countries.
The Basque Country participated in TIMSS 2007 with its own sample of grade 8 grade (2nd year OSE) pupils for the second consecutive time and so comparison with the earlier results is now possible.
The average score for Basque Country pupils in Mathematics is 499 points. The TIMSS scale average is 500 points. The Basque Country score is not statistically, significantly lower than the scale average. Basque pupils mainly reach the intermediate benchmark. In the Basque Country the average score in Mathematics shows a 12 point increase, the third highest improvement after England and Chinese Taipei.
In Science, with 498 points, the Basque Country has attained the TIMSS scale average with similar scores to Scotland and Italy. According to the overall result for performance levels, a high percentage of pupils in the Basque educational system have attained the intermediate and low benchmark (67%) with very few reaching the high benchmark (3&percent;) or below the low benchmark (9%). The scores from both evaluations show improved performance in the Basque Country scores with a significant 9 point increase.