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Volume 4 Issue 2 Paper 2

The extent of Saudi teachers’ knowledge of TIMSS’ policies and assessment practices

Abdullah Nasser Alqifari


The teacher plays a crucial role in preparing students for work life and social participation and in raising their academic level. In the Saudi school education sector, there is dissatisfaction with student results in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) tests. This paper explores the extent to which the teacher’s role is activated in preparing students for the test. In addition, it explores the extent to which teachers have the necessary teaching and assessment skills and standards to fulfil their role effectively. This study found a lack of awareness exists among Saudi teachers regarding the standards and objectives of the TIMSS test. Furthermore, many barriers continue to affect the achievement of academic development. This paper emphasizes the importance of teacher involvement in TIMSS procedures and correctional sessions in the educational environment.

Keywords: Saudi Arabia, Teacher Knowledge, TIMSS, Assessment Policy

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