This Prior Information Notice (PIN) notifies the market of a potential forthcoming procurement process to form the National Research Centre (NRC) to administer TIMSS 2023 in England. The Department intends to invite potential bidders to respond to an Expression of Interest, likely to be posted in late September/ early October 2020. England participates in international comparison studies to benchmark our education policy and performance against other countries, review system strengths and weaknesses in an international context, and monitor trends over time. This aligns with DfE's vision to offer world-class education, training, and care for everyone, whatever their background. Organised by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), TIMSS is administered in over 60 countries worldwide with around 150 schools and 4,000 pupils taking part in the target year group/s in each participating country. The study compares the mathematics and science knowledge of pupils age 10 and 14 (equivalent to school years 5 and 9 in England) and also collects important background data that can be used to improve teaching and learning, such as information about the curriculum and curriculum implementation. In 2023, the study will be computer-based (eTIMSS) in England. For more information please see https://www.iea.nl/studies/iea/timss/timss2023
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Published: 17 Aug 2020, Receipt by: 22 Sep 2020
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