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Document Number: 4434

Using TIMSS To Inform Policy and Practice at the Local Level - In this policy brief, the author looks at the ways in which the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1995 and TIMSS-1999 data have helped to provide information on assessing student achievement. The author notes that TIMSS has a number of advantages as a tool for improvement: (1) it was a rigorously executed international study and has credibility in terms of measuring student achievement by global standards, (2) comparative international data allow educators to consult the policies and practices of higher achieving nations as possible strategies for reform, and (3) TIMSS provides data not only on student achievement but on as many as 1,500 contextual variables that might explain variations in achievement. (Deborah I. Nelson, Consortium for Policy Research in Education, May 2002)...

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