NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ865126
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1380-3611
Beyond Horse Race Comparisons of National Performance Averages: Math Performance Variation within and between Classrooms in 38 Countries
Huang, Min-Hsiung
Educational Research and Evaluation, v15 n4 p327-342 Aug 2009
Reports of international studies of student achievement often receive public attention worldwide. However, this attention overly focuses on the national rankings of average student performance. To move beyond the simplistic comparison of national mean scores, this study investigates (a) country differences in the measures of variability as well as the measures of skewness and (b) the distribution of performance variability across schools and classrooms, employing data from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1999. These findings reveal the stratification of student performance at the lower secondary school level in various educational systems, which has implications for both policy-making and research. (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.)
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A