Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Making sense of the alphabet soup

The education headlines today will be dominated by the results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). The basic summary is that things stayed pretty well the same. That is, American kids score pretty much in the middle in math and science compared to other countries. Not much of a surprise here since NCLB has not had enough time to take root -- for good or for bad.

For an analysis of the difference between the TIMSS test and the PISA test (whose results were released last week), click here.

For more on TIMSS, click here.

And for a totally contrary view, read Monty Neill of Fairtest.org's editorial in today's USA Today.

And last but not least, I've been meaning to link to one of my favorite blogger's analysis of the PISA test results: Chris Correa, of the aptly named chriscorrea.com, found that countries that focus on rote memorization fared the worst on the PISA test.

I'll look forward to reading his analsyis of the TIMSS results, too.

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