TIMSS TOO

TIMSS TOO: Tis the season for test results: Papers are reporting the latest from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) which shows American fourth-graders doing better than they were four years ago in math and reading, but students four years older show no such progress. Here's the report. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, is still worried, however:

"The encouraging news is that U.S. fourth grade students have made significant progress in reading and mathematics in the last five years, and our fourth graders now rank among the world’s leaders in reading literacy...At the same time, these new international comparisons underscore the urgency of accelerating achievement in secondary school and the need to close large and persistent achievement gaps."

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