ERIC Number: ED433243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A First Look at What We Can Learn from High Performing School Districts: An Analysis of TIMSS Data from the First in the World Consortium.
Kimmelman, Paul; Kroeze, David; Schmidt, William; van der Ploeg, Arie; McNeely, Maggie; Tan, Alexandra
Interest in the First in the World (FiW) Consortium's activities has been intense for a number of reasons. Initial results show that the FiW Consortium is well on its way to meeting its goal, with the FiW performing at or near the top of the world on the international benchmark chosen by the Consortium--the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS). A status report is provided on the FiW's initial activities. The first section describes the districts that make up the FiW Consortium and outlines the Consortium's history, purpose, goals, and plan of action to become the first in the world in math and science. The second section documents how the students from the FiW Consortium performed when benchmarked against an international comparison, the TIMSS assessment. The next section discusses the impact that socio-economic variables could have on the performance of FiW students. The fourth section presents data on the contexts for teaching and learning mathematics in the FiW, exploring differences between the FiW and the U.S. and, where data are readily available, differences between the contexts for teaching in the FiW and countries with high mathematics achievement. The fifth section describes some of the activities being undertaken by the FiW Consortium to improve math and science education, highlighting a recent project that is using data from TIMSS and other sources to improve science instruction. The final section summarizes the whole report and offers some possible questions for future research. Two appendices provide: (1) contact information and characteristics of FiW Consortium Districts; and (2) 12 tables presenting FiW TIMSS Achievement Results by country. (Contains 19 references and 32 endnotes.) (ASK)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cross Cultural Studies, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, School Districts, Science Education, Socioeconomic Influences, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: National Inst. on Student Achievement, Curriculum, and Assessment (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study