November 29, 2016

 The results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) survey conducted in 2015 by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) were announced today.

 The results of the TIMSS survey show that, in international comparisons, Japan is particularly strong in mathematics and science and that Japan continues to occupy a top position in international rankings, with elementary and junior high school students’ attitudes toward mathematics and science showing improvement.

 I believe that the results are an indication of the efforts being made by schools and boards of education for the fostering of “solid academic ability,” as well as of the dedicated and earnest efforts shown by teachers overall in school education in Japan.

 In order to maintain and continue to improve children’s academic ability, MEXT will develop and improve schools’ learning guidance to enable them to steadily foster the balance between students’ knowledge and skills with their ability to think, make decisions, and express themselves, without reducing the contents of learning, in the next national curriculum standards, which we are currently considering. MEXT will also endeavor to expand the fixed number of teachers, which will be necessary to ensure the teacher allocation, which will provide the new education for responding to the changes in the coming era.

(Office for Assessment of Academic Ability, School Management Support Division, Elementary and Secondary Education Bureau)