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ISBN: 9781742861890 (PDF)

First published 2012 by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).


The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS 2011) is an international study directed by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). In Australia, TIMSS was managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), and funded by the Australian and state and territory governments.

The goal of TIMSS is to provide comparative information about educational achievement across countries to improve teaching and learning in mathematics and science. It also provides comparative perspectives on trends in achievement in the context of different educational systems, school organisational approaches and instructional practices and to enable this, TIMSS collects a rich array of background information.

This report analyses and interprets the Australian Year 8 data collected as part of the TIMSS study. Where appropriate, this report makes comparisons with the results of other countries and the international average to better understand Australian achievement and its context.