Which groups of learners does TIMSS assess?
Answer: TIMSS assesses the achievement of learners at three stages of their education. At the primary school level, TIMSS assesses learners in either the 4th, 5th or 6th grade. At the lower secondary school level, learners in 8th or 9th grade are assessed. Since 1995 South Africa has participated only at the lower secondary level. In 2015, South Africa participated at the primary school level for the first time in TIMSS Numeracy. For TIMSS 2019, grade 5 learners completed both the mathematics and science assessments.