TIMSS 2011 Organization

Study director(s)

TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, Lynch School of Education, Boston College - Ina V.S. Mullis, Executive Director; Michael O. Martin, Executive Director

  • Overall direction
  • Responsible for
    • Design
    • Management
    • Implementation
    • Development
    • Operations
    • Analysis
    • Reporting
Institutions and their responsibilities

Statistics Canada (Ottawa)

  • School and student sampling activities


Educational Testing Service (Princeton, New Jersey, USA)

  • Consulting on psychometric methodology
  • Provision of software for scaling achievement data
  • Replication of achievement scaling for quality assurance


National Research Coordinators (NRCs)

Implementation of all aspects of the study in accordance with TIMSS guidelines and procedures, including

  • Communicating with study partners,
  • Contributing to item development, and
  • Conducting classroom sampling, data collection, and all scoring and data entry tasks.


Expert committees

  • Science and Mathematics Item Review Committee (SMIRC)
    • 20 members, nominated by participating entities:
      • 10 experts in mathematics and mathematics education
      • 10 experts in science and science education
    • Participates in
      • Review of assessment framework (content and cognitive domains, topic areas, and objectives)
      • Development  and review of achievement item
      • Scale anchoring of TIMSS International Benchmarks
  • Questionnaire Item Review Committee (QIRC)
    • Members: 10-12 experienced NRCs
    • Participates in the development of the
      • Contextual framework and
      • Background questionnaires


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TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center

Boston College

140 Commonwealth Ave.

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Tel: +1-617-552-1600

Fax: +1-617-552-1203

E-mail: timssandpirls@bc.edu

URL: http://timssandpirls.bc.edu/index.html

  • The study was funded predominantly by fees from the participating countries.
  • The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the US Department of Education was a major funding partner, providing funding under contract No. ED08C00117.
  • Further financial support was provided by:
    • Boston College
    • The National Foundation for Educational Research in the UK
Editor(s) and author(s) of study-related gateway pages
  • Editors
    • Ina V.S. Mullis, Executive Director, TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College
    • Michael O. Martin, Executive Director, TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College
  • Authors (based on study documents)
    • Sabine Meinck, Unit Head Research, Analysis & Sampling, IEA Hamburg
    • Eugene Gonzalez, Director IEA-ETS Research Institute, ETS
    • Nathalie Mertes, ILSA Gateway Production Manager, IEA Hamburg