Monday, September 2, 2013
In 2007, Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study – TIMSS testing for the first time. The final results indicated that BiH has a low or medium quality education system. Due to the lack of financial resources the TIMSS testing was not conducted in 2011, which prevented tracking changes and trends in achievements of teachers and students, as well as the effectiveness of implemented decisions and reforms.
The internationally standardized tests - PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) and TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) - are utilized to assess students’ ability to understand content designated by the curriculum and to practically apply adopted knowledge in relevant fields. Comprehensive analysis of the information coming out of this testing enables each country to identify potential weaknesses within the system and make appropriate changes.
The Analysis contains findings and recommendations for its implementation and suggests that regular conduction of TIMSS is necessary, since this kind of international testing enables continuous monitoring and comparison with other systems and provides a clear picture on what has to be done. Additionally, this test indicates whether any improvements and progresses were made within relevant sectors in a certain period of time.
The analysis can be downloaded here.