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ERIC Number: EJ958344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6803
Re-Examining Test Item Issues in the TIMSS Mathematics and Science Assessments
Wang, Jianjun
School Science and Mathematics, v111 n7 p334-344 Nov 2011
As the largest international study ever taken in history, the Trend in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) has been held as a benchmark to measure U.S. student performance in the global context. In-depth analyses of the TIMSS project are conducted in this study to examine key issues of the comparative investigation: (1) item flaws in mathematics and science; (2) inability to reflect item score differences between adjacent grades; (3) ambiguity of the test items behind nonrandom guessing; and (4) unfair comparisons resulted from inconsistent item difficulties across the nations. The TIMSS item checking could help education stakeholders understand more profound assessment issues through the information triangulation. (Contains 1 table and 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
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