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ERIC Number: ED512143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
International Benchmarking. The Progress of Education Reform. Volume 10, Number 2
Thompson, Barbara
Education Commission of the States (NJ3)
Teaching and assessing both content and 21st century skills are critical for student academic success and success in the workplace. In the "Highlights from TIMSS 2007" report, released in December of 2008 by the National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, data shows that while 4th- and 8th-grade students in the United States have made some gains in math since 1995, students in other countries have made much higher gains in comparison. The size of the gap in math scores between the United States and some other countries is cause for concern. Benchmarking to world class standards can result in gains. For example, Massachusetts and Minnesota students have worked to benchmark their mathematics standards to international standards or higher rigor. This issue of "The Progress of Education Reform" discusses the following: (1) the innovative ways states are making progress; (2) the rationale for improving state assessments; and (3) resources for benchmarking to international standards. (Contains 14 endnotes.)
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: GE Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New York; Ohio; United States; Utah