U.S. students show progress on international comparisons

How does the achievement of American student compare to similar students in other countries? The TIMSS results are more favorable, but.....

The latest international math, science and reading assessments show U.S. students are on an upward trajectory, but so are students in countries that consistently have been global leaders, says AFT president Randi Weingarten.
The results of the 2011 TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and the 2011 PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) assessments were released on Dec. 11.

In reading, American fourth graders scored 556, above the international average. The U.S. ranked sixth in reading, with five education systems -- including Florida -- performing better. The U.S. was one of only six countries to increase at all four tested benchmarks over 10 years.

"While we have much work ahead of us," Weingarten says, "I am optimistic that the improvement we're seeing in teaching and learning will accelerate as states start to integrate the more rigorous Common Core State Standards into curriculum, assessments, teacher evaluations and teacher preparation as well as provide ongoing support throughout teachers' careers. When we commit to this alignment and support teachers with the resources and tools to do their jobs, we can further narrow the gap between student achievement in the United States and in other top-ranked countries." 

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