The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is
a long series of studies conducted by the International Association
for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The 1999 TIMSS
study assessed 8th-grade students in 38 countries to determine proficiency
in high school readiness objectives.
The TIMSS test was developed by groups of mathematics educators
worldwide. Items represent a wide range of mathematics topics and
elicit a range of skills from the students. Distinguished scholars
from 10 countries ensured that the test reflected current thinking
and priorities within the mathematics field, without any bias toward
or against particular countries.
The 162 mathematics items on the test are divided into five categories:
Fractions and Number Sense, Algebra, Measurement, Geometry, and
Data Representation Analysis Probability. Here at
Indivisual Learning, the Fractions and Number Sense category was
further divided to create the Student Evaluation Tests for the Whole
Numbers and Rational Numbers courses. The other item categories
are currently being compiled into tests for our remaining three
Middle Grades courses (Chance & Data, Shapes & Measurement,
and Algebra Concepts).
Because TIMSS data details the percentage of U.S. 8th graders who
answered each test item correctly, grade norms were easily interpolated
allowing conversion of Evaluation Test scores into Grade Level Equivalencies.
IndiVisuals Evaluation Tests are completely subject-specific,
and have no biased teach-to-the-test connection to any
material in our Mathematics courseware. Therefore, an observed increase
of +1.2 grade levels from pre- to post-test scores on our Rational
Numbers test shows valid, direct student growth in that subject
Results of IndiVisual Learning's
Rational Numbers pilot program
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Notes on Alignment
to State Standards
Our programs were designed with NCTM standards in mind. Where we are
innovative is in realizing that simply making a lesson for all possible
standards is not the best use of teacher time, rarely stimulates that
teachable moment, and buries the student when there is a smarter approach.
Our scope and sequence is about core concepts that are vital. Not
all instructional points are equal. As supplemental instruction, students
may have already heard these things many times. Our point of attack
is on core concepts mastery of which enables a student to benefit
from mainstream instruction. Our goal is to liberate kids from remediation.
What this means is that we satisfy 100% of core concepts in number
sense, operations, fractions, decimals, percents, andn chance and
data analysis that are required by the 6th grade. Students in upper
grades may benefit if they are lacking concept understanding of basic
elements such as place value.
For Elementary/Middle School to Junior High in the states listed below
we satisfy core standards for number sense, basic operations, fractions,
decimals and percents, and chance and data.
At this time we do not satisfy any geometry,
shapes, measurement or algebra standards.
We are planning control-group studies for our
Rational Numbers math program. If you are interested in participating,
please contact us.
IndiVisual Learning, LLC
23 Empire Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103-1856
Toll Free: 1-866.532.2140
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