Education ministry set to hold TIMSS assessment in 2019.
QNA Doha The Ministry of Education and Higher Education will hold the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) assessment in March and April 2019. TIMSS is an international assessment and research project designed to measure student achievement in mathematics and science for the fourth and eighth grades and is applied every four years. The 2019 edition is the third decade and seventh cycle of data collection where about 70 countries, including Qatar, are expected to participate. TIMSS 2019 marks the debut of eTIMSS, an electronic version of the assessment. International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) supervises the assessment applied by the school staff in the State under the supervision of the international tests department of the ministry. According to the time schedule set by the evaluation institute at the ministry, the international tests department gathered data and visited schools to train the needed categories in the schools in February, in preparation for the test in March and April 2019. TIMSS focuses on policies and educational systems, and examines the effectiveness of the methods applied, the methods taught, practical application, evaluation of learning and the provision of information to improve teaching and learning of mathematics and science. It also aims to evaluate the performance of the fourth-grade student group in 2015, and its performance in the eighth grade in 2019, as well as access to important information through home and school questionnaires for teaching and learning purposes. The ministry highlighted the importance of cooperation between the family and the school and its positive impact on the success of the educational process. It added that the serious and effective participation in TIMSS 2019 will achieve the best results, reflecting the level of development of education in the State of Qatar in international educational fields.
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