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International Report Compares Eighth Grader's Scores in Math and Science

Magazine article Techniques

International Report Compares Eighth Grader's Scores in Math and Science

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The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released the results of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study-- Repeat (TIMSS-R) in a report entitled Pursuing Excellence: Comparisons of International Eighth-Grade Mathematics and Science Achievement from a U.S. Perspective, 1995 and 1999. The study, sponsored by NCES and the National Science Foundation in the U.S. and the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, assessed eighth graders' knowledge of mathematics and science in 38 nations. In 1999, according to the study, U.S. students performed better than the international average in fractions and number sense, data representation, analysis and probability, and algebra. They performed at the international average in measurement and geometry.

In science, the average score of U.S. eighth graders was higher than the international average in earth science, life science, chemistry, environmental and resource issues, and scientific inquiry and the nature of science.

The performance of U.S. eighth graders in mathematics and science was about the same in 1999 as in 1995. …

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