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Eklöf, Hanna; Pavešic, Barbara Japelj; Grønmo, Liv Sissel – Applied Measurement in Education, 2014
The purpose of the study was to measure students' reported test-taking effort and the relationship between reported effort and performance on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) Advanced mathematics test. This was done in three countries participating in TIMSS Advanced 2008 (Sweden, Norway, and Slovenia), and the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Tests, Cross Cultural Studies, Foreign Countries, Correlation
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Rutkowski, Leslie – Applied Measurement in Education, 2014
Large-scale assessment programs such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) use a sophisticated assessment administration design called matrix sampling that minimizes the testing burden on individual…
Descriptors: Measurement, Testing, Item Sampling, Computation
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Kena, Grace; Aud, Susan; Johnson, Frank; Wang, Xiaolei; Zhang, Jijun; Rathbun, Amy; Wilkinson-Flicker, Sidney; Kristapovich, Paul – National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
To help inform policymakers and the public about the progress of education in the United States, Congress has mandated that the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) produce an annual report, "The Condition of Education." This year's report presents 42 indicators on important topics and trends in U.S. education. These…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Trend Analysis, Educational Attainment, Student Characteristics
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Schuelka, Matthew J. – Journal of Education Policy, 2013
International tests of achievement narrowly measure specific academic subjects, but have larger educational policy implications. These tests come to summarize national education systems and are used in national and international discourse. However, students with disabilities are being entirely excluded from participation in the discourse of…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Disability Discrimination, Standardized Tests, Achievement Tests
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Kind, Per Morten – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2013
The article argues that science assessment should change from an item-driven to a construct-driven practice and pay more attention to disciplinary scientific reasoning. It investigates assessment scales developed from a novel theoretical rationale, describing scientific reasoning as three fundamental practices (hypothesizing, experimenting, and…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Evaluation, Hypothesis Testing, Experiments
Di Giacomo, F. Tony; Fishbein, Bethany G.; Buckley, Vanessa W. – College Board, 2013
Many articles and reports have reviewed, researched, and commented on international assessments from the perspective of exploring what is relevant for the United States' education systems. Researchers make claims about whether the top-performing systems have transferable practices or policies that could be applied to the United States. However,…
Descriptors: Comparative Testing, International Assessment, Relevance (Education), Testing Programs
Rutkowski, David; Wild, Justin; Rutkowski, Leslie – Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University, 2013
Are U.S. and, in particular, Hoosier students competitive and ready to succeed in an ever-changing and increasingly global economic landscape? This question is frequently considered by K-12 education stakeholders at all levels, including national, state, and local officials. One of the central ways in which education systems can compare themselves…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Science Achievement, International Programs, Testing Programs
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Kind, Per Morten – Science Education, 2013
The paper analyzes conceptualizations in the science frameworks in three large-scale assessments, Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), and National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The assessments have a shared history, but have developed different conceptualizations. The…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation
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Snyder, Thomas D.; Dillow, Sally A. – National Center for Education Statistics, 2013
The 2012 edition of the "Digest of Education Statistics" is the 48th in a series of publications initiated in 1962. The "Digest" has been issued annually except for combined editions for the years 1977-78, 1983-84, and 1985-86. Its primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field…
Descriptors: School Statistics, Definitions, Tables (Data), Longitudinal Studies
Winkler, Amber M.; Scull, Janie; Zeehandelaar, Dara – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2012
In recent years, debates over school reform have increasingly focused on the role of teacher unions in the changing landscape of American K-12 education. On one hand, critics argue that these unions, using their powerful grip on education politics and policy to great effect, bear primary responsibility for blocking states' efforts to put into…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Teaching (Occupation), Unions, Role
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Hanushek, Eric A.; Woessmann, Ludger; Peterson, Paul E. – Education Next, 2012
In a report issued in 2010, the authors found only 6 percent of U.S. students performing at the advanced level in mathematics, a percentage lower than those attained by 30 other countries. And the problem is not limited to top-performing students. In 2011, they showed that just 32 percent of 8th graders in the United States were proficient in…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Reading Achievement, Science Achievement, Educational Change
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Schmidt, William H.; Houang, Richard T. – Educational Researcher, 2012
In this work, we explored the relationship of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) to student achievement. Building on techniques developed for the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), we found a very high degree of similarity between CCSSM and the standards of the highest-achieving nations on the 1995…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Statistical Analysis, National Competency Tests
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Greene, Jay P.; McGee, Josh B. – Education Next, 2012
American education has problems, almost everyone is willing to concede, but many think those problems are mostly concentrated in America's large urban school districts. In the elite suburbs, where wealthy and politically influential people tend to live, the schools are assumed to be world-class. Unfortunately, what everyone knows is wrong. Even…
Descriptors: Economic Progress, Urban Schools, Suburban Schools, Public Schools
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Katzman, John – Education Next, 2012
This article shares the author's vision for a more responsive education system. States can create a more agile, more American, system of governance that eliminates impediments to improvement, empowers schools to innovate, and uses data to help families find the right schools for their children. The author presents four proposals that would move…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Governance, Educational Innovation, Innovation
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2012
"Straight A's: Public Education Policy and Progress" is a biweekly newsletter that focuses on education news and events both in Washington, DC and around the country. The following articles are included in this issue: (1) House Appropriations Subcommittee Sharpens Budget Knife: Subcommittee's Bill Would Cut Education Programs by $1.1…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Public Education, Educational Finance, Financial Support
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