Government Shutdown Postpones NAEP-TIMSS Study Release

By Catherine Gewertz — October 01, 2013 1 min read
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The government shutdown has forced the postponement of a study showing how U.S. states stack up to nations around the world on math and science achievement.

Our intrepid colleagues at the Politics K12 blog have been ably documenting the impact of the shutdown on the education world. But I can volunteer one contribution to that: the cancellation of Thursday’s scheduled release of the NAEP-TIMSS linking study.

The report uses states’ 2011 scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, in math and science to project how they would have scored on the Trends in International Math and Science Study, or TIMSS. That allows a comparison of U.S. states with countries and jurisdictions internationally.

Not only was the study’s release postponed due to the shutdown, the website of the National Center for Education Statistics, which administers NAEP, was shut down, too. When we visited the site, we got this message:

Dear Users, Due to a lapse of appropriations and the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the systems that host have been shut down. Services will be restored as soon as a continuing resolution to provide funding has been enacted.

The TIMSS-PIRLS website is still working. But that’s because the international study center that handles those assessments is based at Boston College.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.