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Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019 Main Survey

January 31, 2019

DepEd Memorandum No. 09, s. 2019



Assistant Secretaries
Bureau and Service Directors
Regional Directors
Public and Private Secondary Schools Heads
All Others Concerned

The Department of Education (DepEd), through the Bureau of Education Assessment (BEA), will administer the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019 Main Survey in March. This is pursuant to DepEd Order No. 29, s. 2017 entitled Policy Guidelines on System Assessment in the K to 12 Basic Education Program.

The Philippines’ participation in TIMSS 2019 will provide DepEd an additional tool to measure the effectiveness of the enhanced basic education curriculum and its delivery systems particularly in informing and supporting education policy decision making, identifying the areas of weaknesses in the educational system, using results as benchmarks to measure school effectiveness and determining alignment with international standards.

TIMSS 2019 is the seventh assessment cycle since 1995, and more than 60 countries have participated in this survey. It is conducted every four years and is sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and measures trends in mathematics and science achievement. It aims to provide information that will assist countries to monitor and evaluate the success of their mathematics and science education across time and across grades.

The selection of participants applies TIMSS internationally-approved sampling standards to achieve a nationally representative sample of schools and pupils. The national sampling plan is a product of the collaboration between the TIMSS National Center, through the National Research Coordinator (NRC), and the TIMSS International Center.

In the Philippines, TIMSS will be administered in 16 regions, 198 schools divisions and 181 schools using paper-based assessment. The Grade 4 assessment covers Content (Number, Algebra, Geometry, Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth Science) and Cognitive (Knowing, Applying, and Reasoning). The language of the test is English, and it consists of multiple-choice with variety of formats and constructed-response (open-ended questions).

Roles and Responsibilities of Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) Testing Personnel

Below are the roles and responsibilities of TIMSS Testing personnel:

TIMSS Testing PersonnelRoles and Responsibilities in TIMSS
Regional Testing CoordinatorServes as the overall supervisor in the sample schools within the region
Division Testing CoordinatorActs as the school coordinator and serves as the liaison officer for the national center, region, schools division, and sample schools
School HeadManages the conduct of TIMSS in the school with the assistance of the school coordinator
Test AdministratorsResponsible for the conduct of TIMSS in the sample schools

2019 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) Schedule

The schedule of TIMSS 2019 Main Survey for Philippines is indicated below.

ClusterTesting Window*Region
1March 4-8, 2019Luzon: CAR, I, II, III, IV-A, and IV-B (Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro)
2March 11-15, 2019Luzon and Visayas: IV-B (Palawan and Romblon), NCR, V, VI, and VII
3March 18-22, 2019Mindanao: VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, and XIII (Caraga)

*Dates indicated do not include travel time.

The 181 sample schools with the replacement schools are indicated in Enclosure No. 1. The TIMSS International Center only allows replacement of sample schools in case of official closure, which must be verified by the schools division superintendent.

For more information and other concerns, contact the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study National Team, headed by Dr. Nelia V. Benito, CESO IV, Director, Bureau of Education Assessment and TIMSS 2019 National Research Coordinator at telephone no. (02) 631-2591 or email at tim s s. Philippine s@gmail. com.

Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.


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