TIMSS 2007: Exploring the Dramatic Improvements in Performance in Two States

Saturday, February 20, 2010: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Room 9 (San Diego Convention Center)
One way to bridge science and society is to better understand the role of formal education in creating a scientifically literate society and to examine programs and policies that lead to greater scientific learning. Though the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is primarily focused on comparisons among countries, several states have participated in the study as separate entities. Two of these states, Massachusetts and Minnesota, have participated in TIMSS twice. After their first participation, both states used the TIMSS data to reexamine their programs and policies in a bid to positively affect student learning. In 2007, both states once again participated in TIMSS, showing significant improvement in student learning. This symposium will focus on both the results of TIMSS and the factors that led to improved student performance.
Patsy Wang-Iverson, Gabriella and Paul Rosenbaum Foundation
Patrick Gonzales, U.S. Department of Education
Highlights from TIMSS 2007: U.S. Mathematics and Science Achievement
Barbara Libby, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Massachusetts: Lessons Learned Through TIMSS
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