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ERIC Number: ED566891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 69
Abstractor: ERIC
TIMSS Advanced 2015 and Advanced Placement Calculus & Physics. A Framework Analysis. Research in Review 2016-1
Lazzaro, Christopher; Jones, Lee; Webb, David C.; Grover, Ryan; Di Giacomo, F. Tony; Marino, Katherine Adele
College Board
This report will determine to what degree the AP Physics 1 and 2 and AP Calculus AB and BC frameworks are aligned with the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) Advanced Physics and Mathematics frameworks. This will enable an exploration of any differences in content coverage and levels of complexity, and will set the stage for a future performance report that will evaluate AP student performance on TIMSS Advanced. The current report will expose meaningful differences in frameworks that may speak to performance outcomes. In 2015, the U.S. as well as several cooperating countries will participate in TIMSS Advanced, providing the optimal opportunity to recognize AP and non-AP students within the TIMSS Advanced sample and investigate the differences in performance. The field trial determined that the established sampling plan ensured adequate AP Physics 1 and 2, and AP Calculus representation, as well as non-AP students to which they can be compared for the final country-to-country performance report. The overall strong alignment between the TIMSS Advanced framework and AP Physics 1 and 2 and AP Calculus suggests that AP students taking the TIMSS Advanced Exam in the Spring of 2015 should be very familiar with the content being assessed. Further, AP students should also be familiar with the context of the assessment items and the way in which the assessment items are presented to the students on the exam. Knowing that AP students are prepared for the TIMSS 2015 Exam will allow for deeper claims to be made in the subsequent performance report, as it will not be necessary to speculate whether or not the material on the TIMSS Advanced 2015 Exam is relevant to AP students. In addition, the level of detail this alignment report provides will allow researchers writing the performance report to deconstruct different sections of the TIMSS 2015 performance report to identify sections of the exam where we would expect AP students to excel and where AP students are less prepared for the content being assessed.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Board
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study