International Assessments

The NAEP assessments in mathematics, reading, and science are now coordinated with three NCES international assessments:

  • Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS),
  • Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), and
  • Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

This coordination will produce complementary results for more useful comparisons between international assessments and NAEP.

See the results ​of the 2011 NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study, a study that links national and international results and allows a comparison of 2011 state mathematics and science results to the results of other nations. Download the brochure, NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study (1.2 MB)​​ for more information. Read comparisons between NAEP and TIMSS research reports​.

The table below illustrates the years in which NAEP and PIRLS, PISA, or TIMSS have planned coincidence in order to gain comparable information about our nation’s students. Also, take a look at the schedule for NAEP and other NCES assessment activities​ for the current year.

Coordination Schedule
Assessment 2016 2017 2018 2019
NAEP Grade 8
Art
Grades 4 & 8
Mathematics, Reading,
Writing
Grade 8
U. S. History, Civics,
Geography, Technology
and Engineering Literacy
Grades 4, 8, and 12
Mathematics,Reading,
Science, High School
Transcript Study
PIRLS Grade 4
Reading Literacy
PISA 15 year olds
Literacy in Mathematics,
Reading, Science
15 year olds
Literacy in Mathematics,
Reading, Science
TIMSS Grades 4 and 8
Mathematics, Science

The NAEP assessments in mathematics, reading, and science are now coordinated with three NCES international assessments:

Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)
Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)
Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)

This coordination will produce complementary results for more useful comparisons between international assessments and NAEP.

Shelly Pollnow, Ed.D.
Director Arizona NAEP and International Assessment Programs
[email protected]
602.364.1583

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