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Pursuing Excellence: Comparisons of International Eighth-Grade Mathematics and Science Achievement from a U.S. Perspective, 1995 and 1999

Abstract

This is a talk given by Gary Philips, Acting Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, on December 5th, 2000. In it he highlights some of the intial findings of the TIMSS-R released on that day, including the following:


"U.S. eighth-grade students outperformed their peers in 17 nations, performed similarly to their peers in 6 nations, and performed lower than their peers in 14 nations in mathematics in 1999. In science, U.S. eighth-grade students outperformed their peers in 18 nations, performed similarly to their peers in 5 nations and performed lower than their peers in 14 nations in 1999.


The report also reveals that U.S. eighth-grade students performed above the international average in 3 of the 5 mathematics content areas: fractions and number sense; data representation, analysis, and probability; and algebra."

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