I'm now at the location with my Splintered Vision, so I thought I'd quote something that might be appropriate to our discussion on TIMSS and the Standards:
"The lack of success reform measures have had to date does not imply that they have been futile. Rather, they imply that reform may take considerable time. Slow progress is certainly no reflection on the quality or power of mathematics and science reform efforts that have yet to be as effectual as their supporters wish in this climate. Certainly it would be drastically wrong to conclude, based on these 'early returns,' that these reforms have failed. Rather, it seems more appropriate to be amazed at their current successes."
--from Splintered Vision: An Investigation of U.S. Mathematics and Science Education, Executive Summary, U.S. National Research Center for the Third International Mathematics and Science Study, Michigan State University.