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September 22, 2014

Report Shows Variation in How States Stack Up Against International Standards

A report from the American Institutes for Research shows widely varying gaps in expectations for learning between state measures and international benchmarks.

July 24, 2014

After 20-Year Hiatus, U.S. to Rejoin International Math and Science Test

American 12th graders didn't do so well back in 1995, but they'll get another shot next spring to prove their mastery of advanced physics and math.

April 22, 2014

U.S. 4th Graders Get More Help With Less Homework, Study Finds

A preliminary analysis suggests that U.S. parents help more with 4th grade homework even though their children get less of it.

April 14, 2014

Merits of International Assessments

Henry Braun of Boston College concludes that the rich data generated by international large-scale assessments, in conjunction with other relevant evidence, provide unique insights that can challenge unmerited complacency and establish worthy benchmarks for educators and policymakers to aim for.

April 11, 2014

Catnip for Politicians: International Assessments

The horse-race mentality dominates the conversation about international large scale assessments (ILSAs). However, the assessment design of ILSAs is simply incomprehensible to the lay audience. It's time to start a conversation among the measurement experts, politicians, and the educators.

April 10, 2014

Back to the Future in International Assessments

Oren Pizmony-Levy of Teachers College, Columbia University reports that in the past two decades research-oriented rationale of international large-scale assessments was replaced by a more policy-oriented rationale, one that reinforces the "horse race" discourse.

March 25, 2014

Have You Seen This Headline?

Carla Santorno of Tacoma Public Schools, Washington responds to Engel and Feuer and warns that looking at results of international large-scale assessment only from a competitive perspective does not tell the whole story.

March 23, 2014

Five Myths About International Large-Scale Assessments

Laura C. Engel and Michael J. Feuer of The George Washington University debunk five prevailing myths about international large-scale assessments (ILSAs).

October 01, 2013

Government Shutdown Postpones NAEP-TIMSS Study Release

The report uses assessment scores to show how U.S. states stack up to nations around the world on math and science achievement.

September 30, 2013

What High-Scoring Countries Do Right in Math, Reading, and Science

A new study analyzes key factors in schools, homes, and teacher practice that correlate with high achievement on the TIMSS and PIRLS exams of math, science and reading.

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