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Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Reacts to Results of International Math and Science Exam

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Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Reacts to Results of International Math and Science Exam

Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, has issued the following statement in reaction to the results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), which compares U.S. student achievement against that of peers in more than fifty other nations:

“If the United States were in the international education emergency room, the good news is our vital signs, TIMSS scores, have stabilized. However, as we look around, all the other patients are getting better faster. It’s time to ask, ‘What do we need to do to catch up with the others?’”

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    Posted 6 years ago

    Good point. Like many emergency rooms, many tests are given to students. Some of those tests are helpful to determine course of treatment. As my husband who is a physician states, if the outcome of a test will not change his course of treatment, then that test is not needed or ordered. I think we must make sure we are using the outcomes of students’ tests to help determine their focal areas. Tests need to be better designed to not just identify what they know or not know (right then), but also to help determine what style of learning might be best suited for each student.

    On ACT tests for example, students, teachers and parents need to know more than composite scores, but we need to know which problems were right and wrong. We need to know if the student made a mistake in calculations, or didn’t know how to do the problem. We need to know if the student ran out of time and what was the percentage correct for attempted problems. I think this would reflect more competency-based focus rather than timed-based focus that some of your webinars discuss. (I know some ACT test dates now allow for ordering of taken tests -but not all tests are available-and not all can afford it. Also, not all of the copies of taken test will be received in time to inform the student prior to the next test date.)

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