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International Assessments


In the spring of 2011, the United States participated in two important international studies to help benchmark student performance in the U. S. compared to other countries around the world. The two international studies administered were the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2011. In the fall of 2012, a third international assessment, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) was administered. All three international assessments and research projects are designed to measure trends in achievement and are sponsored in the United States by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the U.S. Department of Education.

Florida participated at the state level in benchmarking studies for all three international assessments. Areas of need revealed by these measures will allow Florida to adjust priorities for development of resources and strategies as the state strives to compete in today's global economy

PIRLS is administered every five years at grade 4 in approximately 55 countries. PIRLS measures the reading comprehension of literary and informational text.

TIMSS is administered every four years at grades 4 and 8 in approximately 65 countries. TIMSS provides important information for internationally benchmarking U.S. performance in mathematics and science.

PISA is administered every three years to 15-year-old students in 60 countries. PISA measures how well students can apply their knowledge and skills to problems within real-life contexts. PISA is designed to represent a "yield" of learning at age 15, rather than a direct measure of attained curriculum knowledge. Reading, mathematics, and scientific literacy are assessed, with one subject assessed in depth at each administration (on a rotating basis) and the other two subjects as minor domains.

In all three assessments, Westat, under a contract with NCES, will be responsible for the administrations.

NAEP and International Assessments Comparison Chart (PDF, 83KB)

NAEP and International Assessments PowerPoint (PDF, 2MB)

International Assessments


The contact for International Assessments in the state of Florida is Todd Clark. He can be contacted by e-mail at or by telephone at 850-245-0764.