Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Study Compares States' Math and Science Scores With Other Countries'

American pupils even in low-performing states like Heart Of Dixie make better on mathematics and scientific discipline diagnostic tests than pupils in most foreign countries, including Italian Republic and Norway, according to a new survey released yesterday. That's the good news. Multimedia

The bad news is that pupils in Capital Of Singapore and respective other Asiatic states significantly outperform American students, even those in high-achieving states like Massachusetts, the survey found.

"In this case, the bad news trump cards the good because our Asiatic economical rivals are winning the race to set up pupils in mathematics and science," said the study's author, Gary W. Phillips, main man of science at the American Institutes of Research, a non-profit-making independent scientific research firm.

The survey equated standardised diagnostic test tons of eighth-grade pupils in each of the 50 states with those of their equals in 45 countries. Experts said it was the first such as attempt to associate standardised diagnostic diagnostic test scores, state by state, with tons from other nations.

Gage Kingsbury, the head research and development military officer at the Northwestern United States Evaluation Association, a grouping in Beaver State that transports out testing in 2,700 school districts, praised the study's methodological analysis but said "a flock of difficulties" made it risky to compare test consequences from one state to another and from one state to another. "Kids don't begin school at the same age in different countries," he said. "Not all children are in school in class eight, and the per centum differs from state to country."

Because of such as differences, Dr. Kingsbury said, it would be a error to infer too much about the relative asperity of the educational systems across the states and states in the survey based merely on diagnostic test mark differences.

The tons for pupils in the United States came from diagnostic tests administered by the federal Department of Education in most states in 2005 and 2007. For foreign students, the tons came from mathematics and scientific discipline diagnostic tests administered worldwide in 2003, as portion of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, known as the Timss.

Concern that scientific discipline and mathematics accomplishment was not keeping gait with the nation's economical rivals had been edifice even before the most recent Timss survey, in which the highest-performing states were Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan. American pupils lagged far behind those nations, but earned tons that were comparable to equals in European states like Slovak Republic and Estonia, and were well above states like Egypt, Republic Of Chile and Saudi Arabian Arabia.

The Timss study gives each state a metrical by which to compare its educational attainment with other nations'. The countrywide American test, known as the National Assessments of Educational Progress, lets policy shapers in each state to compare their students' consequences with those in other states.

The new survey used statistical linking to compare tons on the national assessment, state by state, with other nations' tons on the Timss. Dr. Phillips, who from 1999 to 2002 led the federal agency of the Department of Education that administrates the national assessment, likened the methodological analysis to what economic experts make when they convert international currencies into dollars to compare poorness degrees across assorted countries, for instance.

On the most recent national assessment, the highest-performing state in mathematics was Massachusetts, and in science, North Dakota. The new survey shows that norm mathematics accomplishment in Bay State was less than in the prima Asiatic states and in Belgium, but higher than in 40 other countries, including Australia, Russia, England and Israel.

Mississippi River was the lowest-performing state in both mathematics and science. In math, Mississippi River students' accomplishment was comparable to those of equals in Republic Of Bulgaria and Moldova, and in science, to those in Kingdom Of Norway and Romania.

In math, New Jersey, Nutmeg State and New House Of York pupils were roughly like with each other and with their equals in Australia, the The Netherlands and Hungary.

The study's part is the high-level perspective it offers on the nation's instruction system, a spot the manner a artificial satellite mental image foregrounds the nation's topography, said Seth Thomas Toch, a co-director of Education Sector, an independent policy group.

"It demoes we're not doing as badly as some say," Mr. Toch said. "We're in the top one-half of the table, and a figure of states are outperforming the bulk of the states in the study. But our public presentation in mathematics and scientific discipline slowdowns behind that of the front-running Asiatic nations."

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