Mathematics Achievement in the Primary School Years: IEA's Third International Mathematics and Science Report

This report presents mathematics achievement results for students in the two grades with the largest proportion of 9-year-olds –- the third and fourth grades in most countries – across 26 countries. Special emphasis is placed on the fourth-grade results, including selected information about students' background and classroom practices in teaching mathematics. Comparisons with achievement at the eighth-grade are also presented.

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Table of Contents for the Mathematics Report
Executive Summary
Chapter 1 International Student Achievement in Mathematics
Chapter 2 Average Achievement in the Mathematics Content Areas
Chapter 3 Performance on Items Within Each Mathematics Content Area
Chapter 4 Students' Backgrounds and Attitudes Towards Mathematics
Chapter 5 Teachers and Instruction
Appendix A Overview of TIMSS Procedures: Mathematics Achievement Results for Third- and Fourth-Grade Students
Appendix B The Test-Curriculum Matching Analysis
Appendix C Percentiles and Standard Deviations of Mathematics Achievement
Appendix D Acknowledgments

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