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TIMSS Challenge in Math and Science: These online assessments provide sample TIMSS assessments in math and science, for grades 3, 4, 7, 8 and 12.

Dare to Compare:, or (direct link to test). These online assessments provide sample assessments created using TIMSS, NAEP and CivEd questions. Sample assessments can be found in the following subject areas and grades:

  • Math – grades 4, 8 and 12
  • Science – grades 4 and 8
  • Civics – grades 4, 8 and 9
  • Geography – grades 4, 8 and 12
  • Economics – grade 12
  • History – grades 4, 8 and 12.

Jay Noell and Elizabeth Pollock (American Institutes for Research) and Geneise Cooke, Alan Ginsburg, and Steve Leinwand (U.S. Department of Education) Reassessing U.S. International Mathematics Performance: New Findings from the 2003 TIMSS and PISA, American Institutes for Research, November 2005,

Andreas Schleicher, Benchmarking Internationally, The Need Confronts Reality, Presentation at 2008 ECS National Forum on Education Policy in Austin, Texas, July 2008,

The New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, National Center on Education And The Economy, Tough Choices or Tough Times, 2007, executive summary available at: (accessed Oct. 2008).

Craig D. Jerald, Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-class Education, National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Achieve, Inc., December 2008,

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