TIMSS 2011

Avatar Image

Janet Downs: How many air miles does it take to find out how Shanghai teaches maths?

The answer should be None. But schools minister Elizabeth Truss and her delegation are off to Shanghai to discover why Shanghai pupils perform so well in maths. But they could have done that without clocking up air miles. The National College for School Leadership investigated Maths and Science teaching in Shanghai in 2013. And a report on ... read more and comment →

19 comments

Latest comment by John Mountford: "PiqueABoo, I do believe you have outgunned me with your latest link. This story just gets better all the time. That it is now possible for those engaged in international research into standards in education to make the assertions they ......"

Comment + Debate
Avatar Image

Janet Downs: Truss’s textbook quotes not wholly accurate – Minister relied on partial interpretation of TIMSS tables

There’s a link between high test scores and textbook use, claimed schools minister Elizabeth Truss but, as pointed out earlier, in the Trends in Maths and Science Survey 2011 (TIMSS) England outperformed the majority of countries praised by Truss for their heavy textbook use. The Government constantly says its reforms are evidence-based. This site regularly refutes that claim. However, ... read more and comment →

2 comments

Latest comment by Janet Downs: "Tatiana - thanks for the link. It's very useful. I found that in UK 97.6% of teachers had considerable responsibility for which textbooks to use. This compared with an OECD average of 78.22%. Only 7.05% ......"

Comment + Debate
Avatar Image

Janet Downs: Gove’s “fervently aspirational message” is revealed as the “patter” of a salesman

What a difference a couple of years makes.   In 2011, Education Secretary Michael Gove gave a “fervently aspirational message” based on the alleged dramatic decline in UK education in international league tables.  Conservative Home described Gove as “a big hitter both in terms of presentation and substance.” But we know the substance was wrong.  We know it was based on comparison with the flawed ... read more and comment →

7 comments

Latest comment by agov: "tricky......"

Comment + Debate
Avatar Image

Janet Downs: When will the Government stop playing the “plummeting down league tables” card? Is it time to reprise the PISA Blues?

‘It may be difficult to treat an apparent decline in secondary school pupils’ performance as “a statistically robust result.”’ That’s what the UK Statistics Authority said in October 2012 when it commented on the Government’s dodgy use of data from international education test results. But the watchdog’s warnings haven’t stopped members of the Government from trotting out the same mantra about ... read more and comment →

27 comments

Latest comment by Janet Downs: "Patrick and Roger - thanks for both of those links. I've written about the BBC programme here and also linked the Guardian article: http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2013/11/should-pisa-league-tables-be-treated-with-scepticism/..."

Comment + Debate
Avatar Image

Janet Downs: Why did Ofsted ignore TIMSS 2011 which showed English pupils in more favourable light?

Ofsted’s widely-publicised report alleging that non-selective schools are “failing” the brightest pupils rested on expected progression and on international comparisons. Henry Stewart has explained how the progression measure is flawed. Is Ofsted’s use of international comparisons similarly unsound? Ofsted correctly cited results from PISA* 2009: 1.  1% of England’s 15-year-olds reached the highest level in reading. This was above the OECD* average (0.8%) ... read more and comment →

One comment

Latest comment by Guest: "In denial and missing the point. JD strikes again...."

Comment + Debate