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

2009

2011

2012

2015

NAEP

Mathematics, Reading, Science

Mathematics, Reading, Science

Mathematics, Reading

Mathematics, Reading, Science

PIRLS

Reading literacy

PISA

Literacy in Mathematics, Reading, Science

Literacy in Mathematics, Reading, Science

Literacy in
Mathematics, Reading, Science

TIMSS

Mathematics,
Science

Mathematics,
Science

Shelly Pollnow, Ed.D.
Director Arizona NAEP and International Assessment Programs
Shelly.Pollnow@azed.gov
602.364.1583
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