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ERIC Number: EJ826951
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-21
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Standards Help Minnesota Vie with Top Nations
Cavanagh, Sean
Education Week, v28 n18 p1, 12-13 Jan 2009
Thirteen years ago, Minnesota was a state with no academic standards in mathematics and science and what some observers said was a mixed record in grounding students in crucial academic content, such as number skills and algebra. Since then, the state has set clear guidelines for schools in both subjects, and it also appears to have tuned up what gets taught in math classes. To state officials, the benefits are clear. As one of only two U.S. states to participate in a prominent international measurement of academic skill, Minnesota is scoring at or near the level of many of the highest-performing countries on that exam, and its scores in some categories have jumped significantly since it first took part in 1995. The state's participation in the 1995 and 2007 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study has given researchers information to dissect the factors that yielded the state's impressive gains in some areas, particularly early-grades math. State officials credit the establishment and continued refinement of academic standards, as well as their efforts to translate those documents for classroom teachers, as prime factors behind the progress.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 8
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; Minnesota; Slovenia; United Kingdom (England)