Global Study Identifies Promising Practices in Top-Scoring Nations
Focus is on schools, teachers, and parents
A new study uses the results of international tests to provide a profile of the practices that schools, parents, and teachers in the highest-scoring countries have in common.
The TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College released the study last week, which is focused on global data in mathematics, reading, and science. It analyzes the results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, or TIMSS, which assesses math and science achievement, and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, or PIRLS. The assessments are typically administered in different years, but in 2011, both TIMSS and PIRLS were given. That made it possible for researchers to examine what they called a "culture of educational excellence" in all three subjects at the 4th grade level.
The study drew on data from 34 participating countries, but focused on about half of those, where 90 percent of the 4th graders reached a "basic" level of proficiency in all three subjects. The researchers zeroed in on five education systems that educate 35 percent of their 4th graders to a high level of achievement in all three subjects: Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Finland,...
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