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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, 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, 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
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
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
Baker, David P. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1997
So far, results from the massive Third International Mathematics and Science Study indicate that American students have not yet achieved national goal number 5--to be first in the world in math and science achievement by 2000. Although fourth graders' results were surprisingly stronger than eighth graders' scores, American students' overall…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 12
Stevenson, Harold W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1998
Discusses case studies of the United States, Germany, and Japan included in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Highlights national standards, teacher training and working conditions, attitudes toward dealing with ability differences, and the place of school in adolescents' lives. Compared to Japanese and German…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Cultural Differences, Ethnomathematics, Foreign Countries
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
Atkin, J. Myron; Black, Paul – Phi Delta Kappan, 1997
An innovation-focused Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) study of 13 nations participating in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) found universal unhappiness with the state of mathematics and science education. There was no link among successful test scores, improvement goals, or satisfaction of…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Competition, Educational Innovation, Educational Policy