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ERIC Number: ED455113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 130
Abstractor: N/A
Minnesota & TIMSS: Exploring High Achievement in Eighth Grade Science.
National Education Goals Panel (ED), Washington, DC.
In 1995, the state of Minnesota participated in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), oversampling students to permit comparison with the United States as a whole and with other participating nations. The data generated by the assessment and its subsequent analyses provide informative insights as well as suggest questions for further exploration. In general, the results for Minnesota students were similar to those for the U.S. as a whole. Both Minnesota and the U.S. showed higher scores relative to other participating nations at the fourth grade, and declining relative scores at grades eight and twelve. Minnesota scores tended to be slightly higher than those for the U.S., and the decline in scores at grades eight and twelve was not as sharp in Minnesota as for the U.S. as a whole. There was, however, an exception in Minnesota science scores at the eighth grade level that led the Goals Panel to commission this study. This case study is an in-depth examination of why eighth grade science students in Minnesota were second only to Singapore in TIMSS. This study identifies several characteristics of science education that are unique to Minnesota that explain the state's world-class performance in eighth grade science. These characteristics include high expectations for all students, focus and coherence of curriculum, alignment fostered by the existence of "de facto" science standards, continuity, and capacity within the teaching profession. (ASK)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Goals Panel (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study