This Tool is designed for U.S. teachers to learn about their students' errors or misconceptions in mathematics and science from upper elementary to high school. You will find TIMSS assessment items, student performance data analyses, and practical information to help your instruction or classroom assessment.
Why use this Tool
How is this Tool unique?
Targeted searching – Find TIMSS items related to a specific topic, skill, student understanding, or misconception.
Item access – Download items and scoring guides from past TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced assessments to use in your classroom.
More than items – Access national and international student performance data and commentary describing implications for student learning alongside each item.
U.S. context – See how expectations in U.S. learning standards in mathematics and science from elementary to high school compare with what is assessed in TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced.
What will this tool help me do?
Learn about common misconceptions and errors so you can more easily recognize and address them.
Pre- or post-test students to diagnose where they need support and to assess if they have gained understanding or if misconceptions and errors persist.
Frame your instruction to draw out and address students’ misunderstandings or naïve beliefs as conceptual understanding is developed.
Compare the performance of your class to national and international performance.
Learn about the expected progression of conceptual understanding for a given topic so that you can see what students may have learned at an earlier grade level, or what will be expected of them at a later grade.
Select a Content Area
*Currently, the Tool offers content for one topic in Mathematics and one topic in Physical Science. Additional topics and items will be added to future releases of the Tool.