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Bushaw, William J.; Calderon, Valerie J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
The 46th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes toward the Public Schools reveals that Americans say they know a lot more this year about the Common Core State Standards than they indicated a year ago, and they like it a lot less. Americans also say local school boards should have the greatest influence in deciding what is taught in the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Attitudes, Public Opinion, Academic Standards
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2003
Describes five types of curriculum differentiation identified in tracking research based on analysis of case study databases of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study. Case studies include interviews with educators, parents, and students in Germany, Japan, and the United States. Compares parental influence on student tracking…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
Phi Delta Kappan, 2003
Third International Mathematics and Science Study 1999 Video Study finds that high performance on international tests is not sufficiently defined learning goal to determine selection of teaching methods and that how the features of teaching are implemented defines nature of classroom practices. Suggests that core of teacher learning must focus on…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Instruction, Videotape Recordings
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2002
Examines correlation between national test scores in mathematics from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Current Competitiveness Index (CCI). Finds, for example, that while the United States ranks 29th in TIMSS mathematics, it ranks second in competitiveness on the CCI. Korea ranks 3rd in mathematics, but 27th in…
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Innovation, Scores
Callahan, Carolyn M.; Tomlinson, Carol Ann; Reis, Sally N.; Kaplan, Sandra N. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2000
Discusses possible reasons for U.S. gifted students' underachievement on the Third International Mathematics and Science Study. Homework, class time, and television viewing are similar elsewhere. Previous learning, negative reform effects, middle-school practices, nonrigorous coursework, curriculum deficiencies, and stress on potential over…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Achievement Tests, Advanced Placement, Comparative Education
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2000
A book examining alleged American/Japanese test score divergences on the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) suffers from "naive anthropology" and "adult- centric" thinking. Thicker U.S. textbooks may be the real problem. School performance is probably not linked to a nation's economic failures or…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Comparative Education, Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1999
Third International Mathematics and Science Study results show that high-scoring states and schools do not need standards; low scorers have too many other pressing problems to utilize standards. Recent studies indicate that the proportion of college students requiring remedial courses has been exaggerated by critics. (MLH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Education, Higher Education, Misconceptions
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1998
Debunks some goofy ideas--notions that schools control our economic destiny, money matters not in education, and American students' performance is uniformly dismal on international standardized tests. The United States offers more educational opportunities than other nations. Detractors and advocates of public education are given Rotten or Golden…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Comparative Education, Economic Factors, Education Work Relationship
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1998
Despite Commissioner Pascal Forgione's claims (in the June 1998 "Kappan"), the final-year Third International Mathematics and Science Study obviates comparison of achievement across nations. Comparers are engaging in a political exercise. There are problems with age, cultural, and enrollment-rate differences; definition of the U.S.…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Comparative Education, Cultural Differences, Enrollment Rate
Wang, Jianjun – Phi Delta Kappan, 1998
TIMSS (Third International Mathematics and Science Study) is the largest, most ambitious study of comparative education ever attempted. Despite the TIMSS Subject Matter Advisory Committee's best efforts, not all test items truly reflect student math and science achievement. Some items have more than one correct response; some are not grounded in…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Comparative Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Achievement
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1998
A videotape series produced by the Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Collection demonstrates college and secondary students' misconceptions about everyday phenomena and advocates teaching for understanding. Third International Science and Mathematic Study data show American and German teachers' interest in procedures and algorithms, compared with…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Cultural Differences, Discovery Learning, Educational Principles
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1998
Simplistic and misleading statements seriously distort what the Third International Mathematics and Science Study actually says about American 12th-graders' performance. Physics and advanced mathematics scores are beyond redemption. However, if the math and science literacy were accurately calculated, factoring in appropriate variables, the United…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, High Schools, Mathematics Achievement, Standardized Tests
McConaghy, Tom – Phi Delta Kappan, 1998
In the grade 12 portion of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study, Canadian students performed better than other participating G-8 countries. In fact, Canada scored consistently above the international mean for all three age groups tested. However, some educators and reformers have expressed dissatisfaction with these results. (MLH)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Tests
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1997
Singapore students scored highest on the Third International Mathematics and Science Study. Any nation that "outsources" its poverty (Malaysian street sweepers) and its low-achievers (who study in Malaysia) can get high test scores. U.S./Japan score differences stem from Japan's effective teaching practices. Among 13 occupations in the…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Comparative Education, Cultural Differences, Educational Practices
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1997
According to newly released Third International Mathematics and Science Study data, American children may score low on international comparisons because teachers are trying to teach them too many topics. Surprisingly, Florida's minimum competency testing program has not increased low-achievers' dropout rate. A recent "American…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Comparative Education, Dropout Rate, Education Work Relationship
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