The New York Times says the NAEP-TIMMS linking study is good news for American students, but I don’t agree.
See for yourself here:
And take a look at the Orlando Sentinel story, which includes my grumpy comments about Florida’s performance.
And here is the NAEP-TIMMS web site.
From the Associated Press (via the Charlotte News and Observer web site):
Mark Schneider, vice president at the American Institutes for Research and a former commissioner for the National Center for Education Statistics, said one of the most disturbing results from the study is the low number of “advanced” achievers in the United States compared with other countries.
Even in high-scoring Massachusetts, where 19 percent of students reached the “advanced benchmark” in math and 24 reached it in science, there were fewer higher achievers than in some other countries. About half the students in Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore reached the high benchmark in math, and 40 percent of students in Singapore did so.
On the other end, for example, Alabama had a lower percent of “advanced” achievers in math than did Romania and Turkey — two countries it scored higher than overall.
“In a world in which we need the best, it’s pretty clear many states are empty on the best,” Schneider said.