TIMSS and PIRLS

Dr. Michael O. Martin

Executive Director

Dr. Michael “Mick” Martin is Executive Director of the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center. He also has been a Research Professor at Boston College since 1994 and a member of IEA’s Technical Executive Group since 1992.

Dr. Martin has led and contributed to numerous advances in assessment methods. Since his early work on IEA’s 1991 Reading Literacy Study through TIMSS 1995, the founding of PIRLS in 2001, and now 20 years of TIMSS trends, he has built a long-standing reputation for excellence in international assessment. He has steadfastly worked to improve the quality of the methods, procedures, and documentation underlying each TIMSS and PIRLS assessment. In addition, he has been a long-serving and valuable member of IEA’s Technical Expert Group.

Before joining Boston College, he was a Research Fellow at the Educational Research Centre at St. Patrick’s College, Dublin, where he directed Ireland’s national surveys of student achievement and served as Ireland’s national project representative for major international student surveys.

Dr. Martin earned a Master of Science in Computer Science from Trinity College, Dublin, and his PhD in Psychology from University College, Dublin.