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1 Using TIMSS to Consider Education Achievements and Aspirations in Bahrain Ina V.S. Mullis Michael O. Martin Executive Directors TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center Boston College 3 rd QQA Conference Quality of Education & Training: Sustainability & Employability February 18-19, 2015

2 TIMSS Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study TIMSS, TIMSS Numeracy, TIMSS Advanced internationally comparative studies in mathematics and science Assessment content the same across all countries Equivalent populations and samples Conducted in a uniform manner across all countries Comparable data across time - Trends Attention to quality every step of the way

3 TIMSS 2015 Assessment Frameworks Mathematics Fourth grade Numeracy Eighth grade Science Fourth grade Eighth grade Context Questionnaires

4 TIMSS Important Tool for Education Policy Making System-level monitoring in a global context to inform policy Assess learning outcomes in relation to educational goals Compare achievement to other countries Compare achievement over time Considered together with other information as available

5 Armenia 4, 8 Australia 4, 8 Bahrain 4, 8, Num. Belgium(Flemish) 4 Botswana 9 Bulgaria 4 Canada 4, 8 Chile 4, 8 Chinese Taipei 4, 8 Croatia 4 Cyprus 4 Czech Republic 4 Denmark 4 Egypt 8, Num. England 4, 8 Finland 4 France 4, A Georgia 4, 8 Germany 4 Hong Kong SAR 4, 8 Hungary 4, 8 Indonesia 4, Num. Iran, Islamic Rep. of 4, 8, Num. Ireland 4,8 Israel 8 Italy 4, 8, A Countries Participating in TIMSS 2015 Japan 4, 8 Jordan 8, Num. Kazakhstan 4, 8 Korea, Rep. of 4, 8 Kuwait 4, 8, Num. Lebanon 8, A Lithuania 4, 8 Bahrain Malaysia 8 Malta 8 Morocco 4, 8, Num. The Netherlands 4 New Zealand 4, 8 Northern Ireland 4 Norway 4/5, 8/9, A Sweden 4, 8, A Thailand 8 Turkey 4, 8 United Arab Emirates 4, 8 United States 4, 8, A 4th, 8th, Numeracy Oman 4, 8 Palestinian Nat l Auth. 8, Num. Poland 4 Portugal 4, A Qatar 4, 8 Russian Federation 4, 8, A Saudi Arabia 4, 8, Num. Singapore 4, 8 Slovak Republic 4 Slovenia 4, 8, A South Africa 9, Num. Spain 4 Benchmarking Participants Buenos Aires, Argentina 4, 8, Num. Ontario, Canada 4, 8 Quebec, Canada 4, 8 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4, 8 Dubai, UAE 4, 8 Florida, USA 4, 8

6 TIMSS 2011 Achievement Results

7 Scope of TIMSS 2011 Assessment Total Assessment Time Grade 4: 8 hours, 45 minutes Grade 8: 10 hours, 30 minutes 4 th grade mathematics and science 347 items 8 th grade mathematics and science 434 items Assessment Time per Student Grade 4: 72 Minutes Grade 8: 90 Minutes

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13 Trends in TIMSS Measuring trends fundamental to the TIMSS enterprise Trend data provide indispensable information for making policy decisions Is the education system moving in the right direction? Are students performing better on some parts of the curriculum than others? Are some groups of students making better progress than others?

14 TIMSS 2011 Mathematics 8 th Grade Bahrain

15 TIMSS 2011 Mathematics 8 th Grade Korea

16 TIMSS 2011 Mathematics 8 th Grade Sweden

17 TIMSS 2011 Mathematics 8 th Grade Blue: Girls Black: Boys Bahrain

18 TIMSS 2011 Background Data Results

19 Supportive Home Environment and Early Start Crucial in Developing Children s Achievement

20 Later School Achievement Associated with Early literacy and numeracy activities before beginning primary school Years of preprimary education Being able to perform early literacy and numeracy tasks when starting primary school

21 Successful Schools Tend to Be Well-resourced

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23 Successful Schools: Emphasize Academic Success Have Safe and Orderly Environments

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25 Teacher Preparation and Career Satisfaction Related to Achievement Have University degrees Very experienced Very well-prepared Very confident Satisfied with careers

26 Engaging Instruction Related to Higher Achievement

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29 Summary of How TIMSS Can Be Used System-level monitoring in a global context to improve educational goals and achievement Basis for curriculum reform and implementation Supports teacher professional development Enables research and data analysis to improve teaching and learning Encourages assessment and evidenced-based decision making to implement educational reform and improvement

30 Thank You!

31 Using TIMSS to Consider Education Achievements and Aspirations in Bahrain Ina V.S. Mullis Michael O. Martin Executive Directors TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center Boston College 3 rd QQA Conference Quality of Education & Training: Sustainability & Employability February 18-19, 2015

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