The 2015 Trends in Maths and Science Study (Timss) gives us a detailed breakdown of pupil performance in maths and science across 57 countries and 7 states or provinces. It measures performance in these subjects at the 4th and 8th grades of school (Year 5s, 9-10 year olds, and year 9s, 13-14 year olds, in England). Many commentators and professionals argue that international comparisons such as Timss and its big sister Pisa serve little purpose in assessing the performance of a single country because, after all, it is context that matters. Can we reliably compare a pupil in Knowsley to a pupil in Shanghai? Are test scores in a single year, in two subjects, enough tell us how well government is serving its’ pupils and future workforce? And do these tests actually mean anything for long term economic performance?
30th November 2016