U.S. Teachers Fall Short on International Math Test

By Debra Viadero — April 15, 2010 1 min read
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More disappointing findings from an international education survey are out this morning. This 16-nation study shows that America’s future math teachers on average score in the C range, compared with their international counterparts, on a new test of math skills.

That’s better, apparently, than future teachers in the Philippines and Chile but worse than those in Singapore and Taiwan.

Michigan State University scholar William H. Schmidt presented the results today at a 9 a.m. press conference at the National Press Club in Washington. You can download the webcast here or read the full text of “Breaking the Cycle: An International Comparison of U.S. Mathematics Teacher Preparation.”

The study is based on a survey of more than 23,000 future teachers around the world who are nearing the end of their training, including 3,300 students from 80 colleges and universities in the U.S.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Inside School Research blog.