1999 TIMSS BENCHMARKING FOR STATES AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS [U.S.]
Benchmarking to International Standards
TIMSS International Study Center / Boston College
Throughout the last decade, many states and districts have developed or are in the process of developing content and performance standards aimed at raising expectations and increasing student achievement in mathematics and science.
As states and districts continue to develop and implement mathematics and science standards designed to improve students' skills in these subjects and raise achievement, they need concrete information about how their students compare with students in other countries.
The U.S. Department of Education, its National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Science Foundation are offering states and districts the unique opportunity to administer the TIMSS mathematics and science tests to their eighth-grade students and to obtain achievement comparisons with 40 countries. Through 1999 TIMSS Benchmarking, the TIMSS tests will be administered to representative samples of students in participating states and districts in the spring of 1999, at the same time the tests will be administered in 40 countries.
Data from 1999 TIMSS Benchmarking can help states and districts understand their comparative educational standing, assess the rigor and effectiveness of their own mathematics and science programs in an international context, and improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.
WHAT STATES AND DISTRICTS CAN LEARN
Achievement: How does the achievement of our eighth-grade students compare with students in high-achieving TIMSS countries?
Curriculum: How does our mathematics and science curriculum compare with that of the high-achieving TIMSS countries?
Instruction: How do the instructional practices of our mathematics and science teachers compare with those of teachers of high-achieving students in other countries?
Attitudes: How do students' attitudes towards mathematics and science compare with those of high-achieving students in other countries?
Reform: Where should we focus effort and resources in order to reach world class standards of mathematics and science achievement?
State Requirements: In each participating state, 2,000 eighth-grade students will be assessed in at least 50 schools.
District Requirements: In each participating district, 1000 eighth- grade students will be assessed in at least 25 schools. If there are fewer than 25 schools in a district, all schools will be included, and the per school sample will be increased to still yield a total of 1000 students. Smaller districts are encouraged to form consortiums.
TESTS AND QUESTIONNAIRES
* Each student completes one test booklet containing mathematics and science test questions.
* Students, their mathematics and science teachers, and their school principals will complete questionnaires designed to provide contextual data for interpreting the achievement results.
* The estimated time for the student assessment is two hours, including testing time and time to complete the questionnaire. Teacher and school questionnaires take approximately one hour to complete.
Each state and district will receive a descriptive report containing its results, as well as the results for the other participating states and districts and for selected TIMSS countries. TIMSS achievement results will be presented for mathematics and science and for major content areas of mathematics and science. Information on key background factors also will be reported, including resources and classroom instructional practices. The reports will be designed to help policy makers and practitioners improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science in their states and districts. Each state and district will also receive detailed question-by- question results for internal use and an electronic data file. By design, individual student-level results will not be available.
TIMSS Benchmarking will be managed by the TIMSS International Study Center at Boston College, using the same administrative procedures and applying the same technical standards as the international project. The data collection will be carried out by the same contractor administering TIMSS across the United States.
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
States/districts will be responsible for: * Obtaining cooperation of sampled schools * Obtaining lists of classes/students * Coordinating assessment activities
TIMSS will be responsible for: * Selecting school and student samples * Conducting the assessment sessions * Processing assessment materials * Producing reports and data tapes
Participation costs cover school and student sampling, data collection, analysis, and reporting for your state or district.
States: $150,000 Districts: $75,000
Funding for the overall design, administration, data management, and quality assurance activities of TIMSS Benchmarking is provided by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the National Science Foundation.
To enroll your state or district, or to obtain more information contact the TIMSS International Study Center at its toll-free number 1-877-TIMSSTEST (846-7783), or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 1998: Commitment to Participate
September 1998 - March 1999: States/districts secure cooperation and schedule assessments
April - May 1999: Assessments conducted
March - December 2000: States/districts review data
May 2001: Publish TIMSS Benchmarking reports; states/districts receive data files **************************************************************** Jerry P. Becker Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA Fax: (618)453-4244 Phone: (618)453-4241 (office) E-mail: JBECKER@SIU.EDU