What Can We Learn from International Comparisons in School Mathematics?

Saturday, May 2, 1998 - 3:15pm - 4:05pm
Keller 3-180
Zalman Usiskin (University of Chicago)
Noticeably absent from the official reports and media summaries of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) results are any references to what happened in the first and second studies. Yet, if we ignore earlier studies when a new one appears, we will learn very little, and in fact, the evidence is that much of what was considered new in TIMSS reports was known from earlier studies. This talk summarizes some of what we have learned from international studies to date.