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Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) - In 2005, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) conducted the first Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) in science to examine the performance of 4th and 8th graders in 10 large urban districts. These urban districts serve student populations that are more diverse than the nation's public schools overall. (National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2006) ...

Mathematics and Science Benchmarking Reports for TIMSS 1999: A Bridge to School Improvement MS Word - The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Third International Mathematics and Science Study-Repeat (TIMSS-R) are the result of the need in the American education community for reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of our students compared to that of students in other countries. TIMSS, conducted in 1995, involved 42 countries at three grade levels and was the largest, most comprehensive and rigorous assessment of its kind ever undertaken. In 1999, TIMSS-R collected data in 38 countries at the 8th-grade level to provide information about change in the mathematics and science achievement of our students compared to those in other nations over the last four years. (International Study Center, Boston College, Lynch School of Education, 2001)...

Pursuing Excellence: Comparisons of International Eighth-Grade Mathematics and Science Achievement from a U.S. Perspective, 1995 and 1999 - The latest National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report comparing U.S. 8th graders' math and science achievement with their peers in other countries shows U.S. students continue to perform near the international average in both subjects. A worrisome factor, however, is the drop in performance from 4th to 8th grade, pointing to a "continuing and serious problem." (NCES, 2000) ...


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