Morocco's Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training hosted the PIRLS 2016 7th National Research Coordinators Meeting, attended by representatives of more than 50 countries in Agadir in December.
IEA's TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College released the results of TIMSS 2015 and TIMSS Advanced 2015 on November 29, 2016. The release marked 20 years of trends for TIMSS, which was first conducted in 1995.
Across the world, requirements for becoming a teacher have become increasingly stringent and more technology is making its way into curricula and instruction, according to the TIMSS 2015 Encyclopedia, a comprehensive report of worldwide mathematics and science education.
TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced 2015 entered their final stages as representatives from IEA, the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, and more than 60 participating countries and benchmarking participants met in Québec City to review draft International Reports and exhibits.
The Science and Mathematics Item Review Committee (SMIRC) met in Seoul, Korea, in May to conduct scale anchoring for TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced. SMIRC members reviewed student performance on hundreds of mathematics and science items before writing descriptions of the International Benchmark levels.
Representatives of participating PIRLS countries and benchmarking participants convened in Hong Kong SAR from late February to early March. They trained together in scoring the PIRLS 2016 and ePIRLS 2016 assessments, which are now being conducted around the world.
Hong Kong SAR has been a success story in reading achievement — following a modest performance in PIRLS 2001, it shot to the top in PIRLS 2006 and stayed there in PIRLS 2011. Dr. Shek Kam Tse of the University of Hong Kong reflected on Hong Kong's path to success and looked ahead to PIRLS 2016.
Representatives from more than 60 participating countries and benchmarking participants met in Lisbon, Portugal. Together, they reviewed exhibits for the TIMSS 2015 and TIMSS Advanced 2015 International Reports and Encyclopedia, and were introduced to eTIMSS and LaNA, IEA's Literacy and Numeracy Assessment.
In a nation that prizes its tradition of learning, educators have seen student achievement rise in recent years but continue to evaluate and seek ways to improve. Dr. João Marôco, of the Instituto de Avaliação Educativa, I.P., shared thoughts on what Portugal has learned from previous assessments, and what his country hopes to learn from TIMSS and PIRLS for 2015 and 2016.