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,&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&8 Mathematics,
Science

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