International Standards – Examples
Practice Assessments for Comparison Purposes
- Provide incentives and/or other support for schools and districts that choose to use online practice tests to see how students compare to international standards.
- Review sample assessment items from PISA at http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa/items.asp?sub=yes.
- TIMSS Challenge in Math and Science: www.edinformatics.com/timss/timss_intro.htm. These online assessments provide sample TIMSS assessments in math and science, for grades 3, 4, 7, 8 and 12.
- Use Dare to Compare: http://nces.ed.gov/timss, or http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/eyk/ (direct link to test). These online assessments have been created using TIMSS, NAEP and CivEd questions. Sample assessments can be found in:
- Math – grades 4, 8 and 12
- Science – grades 4 and 8
- Civics – grades 4, 8 and 9
- Geography – grades 4, 8 and 12
- Economics – grade 12
- History – grades 4, 8 and 12.
Standards Comparison and Alignment Methods
- Fund a study to compare state standards to international standards. Identify gaps and then align K-12 and postsecondary standards to international standards. This may result in developing new standards, amending existing standards or augmenting existing standards at state level.
- Require a statewide alignment process to include K-12, postsecondary education, and workforce development standards and expectations.
- Create formative or summative assessments aligned to international standards and provide fiscal and/or other support for schools and districts to administer them.
Develop a communications strategy, in collaboration with the business sector, to inform educators, parents, students, legislators, governors and other policymakers of the need for international benchmarking.