A Teacher's Guide to The Struggle against Slavery: A History by Diane N. Palmer

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The choice of mathematics for this first study was more a matter of convenience than interest in mathematics achievement per se. The organizers believed that it would be easier to make inter national compar isons in mathematics than in any other area, and they felt that mathematics achievement would serve as a surrogate for school achievement. Thus, the FIMS was an experiment in Inter national Studies that provided useful infor mation on mathematics achievement. Subsequently, using the experience gained in FIMS, the IEA conducted a number of international studies in different areas.

Student achievement is affected by both the implemented curriculum and societal contexts. It is also a function of factors under the control of individual students, including effort, attitude and personal interests. All of these variables are addressed in the design of TIMSS. TIMSS measured student achievement using a variety of kinds of achievement items. The design and approval of the items was a three-year process involving the input of several committees and the final approval of National Research Coordinators.

Over a half-million students were tested, using many different types of tasks, including hands-on performance tasks; many of the teachers of these students and the principals of their schools filled out detailed questionnaires. Most of the data have been coded, checked and scaled, and several international reports have been published. The publication of the first report for Population 2— focusing on the achievement of 13-year-olds—was featured in newspapers, magazines, radio and television around the world, and that level of interest underscores the importance which many countries attach to international comparisons in education.

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