Science Teaching and International Assessments by: Rodger W. Bybee

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This article is an introduction to the international assessments Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and a review of results from 2003. International comparisons, especially in the media, have elevated interest in science education and stimulated discussions about teaching practices that will contribute to college preparation and workforce skills for the 21st century. Several insights and reflections on international assessments are also discussed.

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  • on Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:02 AM

We are constantly being bombarded with the statistics that our kids are not making the grade, and we need to improve our instruction. But before we can understand the gravity of the situation, we need to compare our expectations with our international competition. This article was written in 2007, and covers 2003 data. I think we need an update! Is the disparity increasing (I personally think so, especially after teaching geometry this year) but we need the information that shows how we compare, with longitudinal data, to make the case as state and local budgets shrink!

Jennifer Rahn  (Delafield, WI)
Jennifer Rahn (Delafield, WI)

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