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TIMSS 2011

Main results of TIMSS 2011

  • Since the TIMSS 1995 study, Danish pupils had improved their competences within mathematics and science by the equivalent of a whole year. This positive development continued from TIMSS 2007 to TIMSS 2011.
  • Eight countries were significantly better than Denmark in mathematics and science.
  • Denmark had more advanced pupils in mathematics, and fewer pupils at a low level of competence in science.
  • More Danish pupils were at the highest level, and fewer pupils were at the lowest level in both mathematics and science.
  • Socioeconomic status had a significant impact on the results.
  • Pupils from bilingual homes performed worse than pupils from purely Danish-speaking homes.
  • There were no significant differences between boys and girls in Denmark.
  • There was no correlation between the pupils’ results and school size, class size or number of lessons.
  • The pupils taught by teachers who had specialised in mathematics and science performed better than pupils taught by teachers who had not specialised in this area. This applied to both mathematics and science.
  • Among the Nordic countries, the Danish pupils performed better than pupils from Norway and Sweden in mathematics, but worse than pupils from Finland.
  • In science, Denmark’s results were better than Norway’s and worse than Finland’s. We were on a par with Sweden.