Bulgaria - Science and Maths Education

Maths and Science Education in Bulgaria     

With the election of a new government in Bulgaria and the possibility of a concerted effort to bring good management to a country desperate to see exactly that, I put this page together to satisfy my own curiosity.
It sets out how Bulgaria has been performing in Science and Maths since 1995, at least according to the PISA and TIMSS data.
It's an understatement to say that the new government has a lot to do for Science and Maths education in Bulgaria. We expect Mrs Fandakova to be Education Minister, good luck to her. I think she'll need it!
Greaney V & T Kellghan 2008 Assessing National Achievement Levels in Education, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank
Results for the 2003 grade 8 mathematics test (TIMSS) 476
Bulgaria 'significanly above international average' 467
Results for 2004 Reading Achievement in Grade 4
Bulgaria came second in the survey showing students reaching PIRLS Benchmarks
Gregory K 2006 A method for monitoring sub-trends in country-level mathematics achievement on TIMSS, International Education Journal, Shannon Research Press
Shows percentage of students below the International Mathematics Mean (500) in TIMSS 1995, 1999, 2003
1995 - 40.55 527
1999 - 43.91 511
2003 - 60.37 476

UNICEF Country Profile on Education in Bulgaria
As of 14th July 2009
Gives performance of Bulgaria on the PISA 2006 in Participating Countries in the CEE/CIS Region.
Shows poor performance in comparison with countries in the region.
Education at a Glance 2008, OECD INDICATORS
Parents’ reports of child’s past science reading and student performance on the PISA science scale (2006)
This chart shows the performance difference on the science scale between students.
Shows a marked difference in achievement when scores are differentiated according to student socio-economic background.
Generally poor results when parents asked about standards and quality of education, Bulgaria ranks worst in the table for parents satisfaction with reporting on student progress and monitoring of progress.

2007 TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center
Shows charts and countries for Mathematics and Science Achievement at the 8th Grade.
BG Maths 464/500
BG Science 470/500
2003 TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center
Shows summary of trends, improving or declining
Bulgaria shows poor results in both Maths and Science 
Highlights From TIMSS 2007: Mathematics and Science Achievement of U.S. Fourthand
Eighth-Grade Students in an International Context, December 2008
Patrick Gonzales
Project Officer
National Center for Education Statistics
Gives comparative analysis of US achievement, Bulgaria can be seen alongside this.
Shows Bulgaria with 63 point drop in Grade 8 Maths achievement between 1995 and 2007, the worst in the chart.