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ERIC Number: EJ771869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug-1
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
U.S. Poised to Sit Out TIMSS Test: Physics, Advanced Math Gauged in Global Study
Viadero, Debra
Education Week, v26 n44 p1, 13 Aug 2007
This article reports on reactions to the U.S. Department of Education's first time decision to sit out an international study designed to show how advanced high school students around the world measure up in math and science. Mark S. Schneider, the commissioner of the department's National Center for Education Statistics, which normally takes the lead in managing the U.S. portion of international studies of student performance in those subjects, said budget and staffing constraints prevent his agency from taking part in the upcoming study, which is known as the "Trends in Mathematics and Science Study-Advanced 2008." The study, in which nine countries have so far agreed to participate, will test students taking physics and upper-level math classes, such as calculus, at the end of their secondary school years. It comes as national leaders in the United States are promoting improved math and science education as critical to protecting the nation's economic edge. The statistics agency is still overseeing the regular administration of Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), which got under way in the United States this year. The larger of the two studies, the regular TIMSS assesses 4th and 8th math and science achievement in 62 nations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States