(8-10-98) -- Researchers from Boston College and more than three-dozen countries are preparing another round of testing in the largest international study of student achievement ever undertaken.
The Third International Mathematics and Science Study, housed at Boston College, will test the math and science skills of eighth graders in 40 countries this fall and next spring, with results to be released in 2000. TIMSS has previously measured the math and science skills of some 500,000 pupils across the world at five grade levels.
Study coordinators from the 40 countries will meet Aug. 18-21 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge to revise questions on the new exams. BC will co-host a dinner for the group at the Hampshire House in Boston on Aug. 19.
The University houses the TIMSS International Study Center, which oversees the testing being done around the world. The study is sponsored by an independent research cooperative in Amsterdam, the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.
The new round of testing is scheduled to begin in November in Australia, Singapore, the Philippines and seven other countries in the Southern Hemisphere, where the school year begins in January.
Testing in the remaining 30 countries in the Northern Hemisphere is slated to be done in April and May, the end of the school year there.
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