For each topic selected, you may either explore the TIMSS framework and U.S. learning standards or explore TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced items.
In this section, you will find information about the selected topic summarized from the TIMSS assessment framework and U.S. national learning standards documents in the corresponding subject – either the
The summary information is organized by grade-band, and users select the grade band of interest—grades 3-5 (upper elementary), grades 6-8 (middle school), or grades 9-12 (high school)—from tabs at the top of the page.
These successive tabs allow users to click through the grade bands to develop an understanding of the expected progression of conceptual understanding in the topic.
Within each grade band, there are Key Takeaways and Expectations in U.S. Learning Standards Compared to TIMSS Items followed by separate tabs for the TIMSS Framework and the relevant U.S. Learning Standards documents in mathematics or science. These separate tabs include more detailed information about the specific set of TIMSS assessment framework objectives related to the topic and the corresponding performance expectations in the U.S. national learning standards documents.
The table below shows the resources the tool provides for each selected topic at each grade level and how these resources may be used by teachers.
In this section, you will find a list of the expected student performances that are measured by the TIMSS items for the selected mathematics or science topic, and the grades for which items are available. For science, the tool also lists associated student misconceptions and the grades for which items that reveal those misconceptions are available.
You are able to select expected student performances and, in science, specific types of misconceptions.
For each student performance or misconception selected, the Educator Tool provides a list of available TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced items, organized by grade.
The table below shows the resources the tool provides for each item and how these resources may be used by teachers.
The completed item (question and correct answers) and a link to download a print-ready version of the item and scoring guide for classroom use.
Commentary that describes
A table that compares the percentages of U.S. and international students who gave correct, partially correct, and incorrect responses to the item (including those related to common misconceptions or errors)
*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.