Trends in International Mathematics and Science

The South African component of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science study (TIMSS) has been assessing mathematics and science achievement among Grade 8 and 9 learners since 1995.

TIMSS was first administered in South Africa in 1995 and subsequently in 1999. In 2002 it was administered both to Grade 8 and 9 learners, and in 2011 to Grade 9 learners. Together, the assessments provide data to analyse trends in South African education for over a decade. For TIMSS 2011 in South Africa, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) conducted the study in 285 schools among 11, 969 learners.

The new TIMSS Numeracy assessment has been designed to be administered at the Grade 4, 5 or 6 level to measure children’s numeracy learning outcomes. TIMSS Numeracy was conducted for the first time in South Africa in 2014 at the Grade 5 level.

TIMSS SA produces a regular newsletter that can be downloaded from the TIMSS SA website.