Global Education Episode 11: Dr Sue Thomson discusses TIMSS 2015

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The results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) were released earlier this week. Conducted every four years, this major international assessment compares the achievements of Years 4 and 8 students in mathematics and science. A report released by the Australian Council for Educational Research, shows that while many other countries have improved, Australian performances have largely stagnated. In fact, the Australian results have been labelled a ‘cause for grave concern’ after they indicated Years 4 and 8 student achievements have flatlined over the past 20 years. I sat down with Dr Sue Thomson, Director of Educational Monitoring and Research at ACER and the report’s lead author to discuss the results.

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