At the TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced 2015 National Research Coordinators Meeting, IEA Hamburg trained country representatives in use of the assessments’ International Databases. The second half of the week, at the TIMSS 2019 1st National Research Coordinators Meeting, was devoted to planning and updating TIMSS 2019, along with planning eTIMSS 2019.
In Hamburg, participating countries concluded TIMSS 2015 and TIMSS Advanced 2015 with International Database training, and kicked off TIMSS 2019 with discussions of updating mathematics and science assessments.
Heiko Sibberns, Director of IEA Hamburg, hosted the weeklong meeting in February. During training, he reflected on how IEA's International Database Analyzer has changed over the 20-plus years of TIMSS.
“In 1995 we didn’t have the International Database Analyzer; we had to run SPSS or SAS scripts, and it was quite cumbersome to work on these scripts and change parameters,” Sibberns recalled. “The Analyzer is now creating these scripts, properly completed, and it’s running entirely from the back, feeding into the scripts.”
Pierre Foy, Director of Sampling, Psychometrics, and Data Analysis at the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, said his goal at this meeting was to familiarize people with the International Database, and to demonstrate how the International Database Analyzer can be used to replicate results in the TIMSS International Reports.
“We encourage people to do secondary analyses, hierarchical modeling, structural equation modeling,” he said. “In general, looking beyond the basic statistics, taking a step beyond the basic results that we publish.”
Sabine Meinck, Head of Research, Analysis & Sampling Unit, and her team at IEA Hamburg trained countries in the International Databases using hands-on exercises at the TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced 2015 9th NRC Meeting.
For the second half of the week, countries reviewed the updated TIMSS 2019 mathematics and science frameworks, as well as the Context Questionnaire Frameworks and Questionnaires. Participants also discussed the eTIMSS pilot and covered technical questions about the administration of eTIMSS.
Ina V.S. Mullis and Michael O. Martin, Executive Directors of the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, welcomed participants to the International Database training at the 9th meeting of TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced 2015 National Research Coordinators.
Sabine Meinck, Head of Research, Analysis & Sampling Unit at IEA Hamburg, oversaw training for analyses of the TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced 2015 International Databases.
The IEA Hamburg team stood at the ready for training exercises and data consultation (from left, back row): Sabine Meinck, Nadine Radermacher, Falk Brese, Mark Cockle, Milena Taneva, Sebastian Meyer, Adeoye Oyelean, Ipek Eraydin, and Duygu Savasci.
Falk Brese of IEA Hamburg checked in with Sandra Antulic and Jasminka Buljan Culej of Croatia during training.
Nadine Radermacher of IEA Hamburg assisted Mohammed Mazheruddin and Khaled Temsah of Dubai.
Adeoye Oyelean of IEA Hamburg guided Nelia V. Benito of the Philippines.
Franck Salles and Marc Colmant of France were assisted by Duygu Savasci of IEA Hamburg.
Adeoye Oyelean was on hand to answer questions from Maszuraini Binti Miswan and Sharida Hanim Binti Sarif of Malaysia.
Falk Brese assisted Christian Christrup Kjeldsen and Vibe Thorndal Stafseth of Denmark.
Nadine Radermacher sat in on a training exercise with Osama Alhusaini and Omar Alshathri of Saudi Arabia.
Ipek Eraydin of IEA Hamburg reviewed the work of Said Bouderga of Morocco.
IEA Executive Director Dirk Hastedt opened the TIMSS 2019 1st National Research Coordinators Meeting.
Ina V.S. Mullis outlined the tasks and schedule for TIMSS 2019.
Michael O. Martin spoke about the success of the TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced 2015 International Releases.
Ray Philpot, TIMSS consultant with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), discussed updating the TIMSS 2019 mathematics assessment.
Emily Jones, TIMSS consultant with the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) in England, and Victoria Centurino, Assistant Research Director, TIMSS Science, took questions about updating the TIMSS 2019 science assessment.
Kemal Bülbül and Muhsin Polat of Turkey discussed eTIMSS 2019 with Mark Cockle of IEA Hamburg.
Elisa Salinas of Chile worked on her sampling plan with Sylvie LaRoche of Statistics Canada.
Francisco Javier Garcia Crespo and Carmen Tovar Sánchez consulted with Sebastian Meyer of IEA Hamburg on sampling data.
Martin Hooper, Assistant Research Director, TIMSS and PIRLS Questionnaire Development and Policy Studies, led a review of TIMSS 2019 context questionnaire frameworks and questionnaires.
Mark Cockle of IEA Hamburg answered technical questions about eTIMSS 2019 from National Research Coordinators.
TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center thanks our generous hosts at IEA Hamburg.