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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, 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
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
Forgione, Pascal D., Jr. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1998
Responds to the most commonly asked questions and criticisms regarding the Third International Mathematics and Science Study's assessment of students at the end of secondary school. Answers cover differences in age and grade levels, differences in enrollment rates, definitions of the U.S. advanced mathematics population, unbelievable numbers,…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Comparative Education, Cultural Differences, Foreign Countries