SMART Addresses TIMSS-R Testing for Ohio and TIMSS Executive Director Speaks at City Club Luncheon

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ohio Aerospace Institute

    CLEVELAND, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Center for Education
 Statistics and The National Science Foundation in Washington, DC, will release
 the disaggregated results for the United States participants of the Third
 International Mathematics and Science Study - Repeat (TIMSS-R) test results
 via satellite feed to OAI on Wednesday, April 4 at 10am.  Following this
 national press conference in the OAI Auditorium at 11am, the OAI - facilitated
 SMART (Science and Mathematics Achievement Required for Tomorrow) Consortium
 will provide an overview of the results for SMART Consortium students, address
 their plan to improve students (K-12) learning in mathematics and science
 within its 30 school districts, and answer questions about the TIMSS-R testing
 in Ohio.
     On April 6 at noon, Dr. William Schmidt, U.S. Director of TIMSS, will
 address the City Club at their weekly luncheon program. He will also be
 represented at OAI on the evening of April 5 during an executive dinner
 presentation for superintendents, principals, teachers and various community
 leaders, hosted by the SMART Consortium.
     TIMSS-R is a successor to the TIMSS study, done in 1995, and provides the
 most recent comparison of mathematics and science achievement for eighth grade
 students calculated by the International Association for the Evaluation of
 Educational Achievement (IEA) in Amsterdam. Thirty-eight countries, including
 the U.S., elected to participate in this study that compares mathematics and
 science performance of their eighth grade students in multiple-choice and
 free-response formats.
     All participating nations were required to draw nationally representative
 samples of students and schools for the TIMSS-R study. In the U.S., this
 sample consisted of 221 schools and 9,072 eighth-graders, which ensured a
 representative sample of eight-grade students in the U.S. Over one thousand
 eighth grade students from 17 of SMART's school districts participated in the
 readministration of the TIMSS test that was originally given in 1995. Data
 from the repeat of TIMSS testing, given to eighth grade students in April of
 1999, will be released on April 4, via satellite from Washington DC at 10am.
 A few of the keynote speakers from Washington, include Dr. Rod Paige,
 Secretary, U.S. Dept of Education, Mr. Michael Casserly, Executive Director,
 Council of Great City Schools, and Dr. Rita Colwell, Director, National
 Science Foundation.
     Immediately following, at 11 am, SMART representatives will address
 questions and provide input on their initiatives, and current educational
 endeavors in Northeast Ohio, designed to improve student learning (K-12) in
 science and mathematics. During the SMART portion of this press conference,
 spokespersons and representatives will include Terry R. Krivak, Executive
 Director, SMART; Paul Williams, Superintendent, Beachwood City Schools; Dennis
 Kowalski, Superintendent, Strongsville City Schools, Linda Williams, Assistant
 Superintendent Mentor Public Schools and Dan Kalish, Executive Director,
 Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.
     "We joined the TIMSS-R study to develop benchmarks for student
 achievement, based on grounded internationally recognized standards, and we
 are pleased with the performance of our students" stated Terry Krivak,
 Executive Director of SMART.
     "More importantly, the results point to areas of teaching and learning
 that we can improve," he added.
     Over the past two years, SMART has initiated several activities to improve
 student learning in mathematics and science, such as Science & Technology for
 Children, Connected Math Investigations, and Cognitive Tutor (algebra). These
 collaborations promote improvements in mathematics and science instruction by
 offering teachers standards-based instructional materials and the professional
 training necessary to integrate technical training with classroom practices.
     SMART has also developed a leadership training program for school
 principals and administrators through its Principals' Leadership Academy. The
 graduates support one another through three regional networks. To-date, the
 Academy has trained 93 principals and administrators from its member school
 districts who are collaborating on a variety of mutual improvement efforts.
     The SMART Consortium, organized in 1998 and headquartered at OAI, was
 formed in response to a shared concern about the weaknesses of United States
 students in mathematics and science reflected in the TIMSS results. SMART has
 a diverse population of urban, suburban, and rural school districts. Forty-
 three percent of its students are minorities and SMART's goal is to ensure the
 best in educational instruction. OAI is located at 22800 Cedar Point Road in
 Brook Park, Ohio and was established in 1989. It is a private non-profit
 consortium for education, industry and university partners, and has supported
 more than $140 million in collaborative research endeavors.
 
 

SOURCE Ohio Aerospace Institute
    CLEVELAND, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Center for Education
 Statistics and The National Science Foundation in Washington, DC, will release
 the disaggregated results for the United States participants of the Third
 International Mathematics and Science Study - Repeat (TIMSS-R) test results
 via satellite feed to OAI on Wednesday, April 4 at 10am.  Following this
 national press conference in the OAI Auditorium at 11am, the OAI - facilitated
 SMART (Science and Mathematics Achievement Required for Tomorrow) Consortium
 will provide an overview of the results for SMART Consortium students, address
 their plan to improve students (K-12) learning in mathematics and science
 within its 30 school districts, and answer questions about the TIMSS-R testing
 in Ohio.
     On April 6 at noon, Dr. William Schmidt, U.S. Director of TIMSS, will
 address the City Club at their weekly luncheon program. He will also be
 represented at OAI on the evening of April 5 during an executive dinner
 presentation for superintendents, principals, teachers and various community
 leaders, hosted by the SMART Consortium.
     TIMSS-R is a successor to the TIMSS study, done in 1995, and provides the
 most recent comparison of mathematics and science achievement for eighth grade
 students calculated by the International Association for the Evaluation of
 Educational Achievement (IEA) in Amsterdam. Thirty-eight countries, including
 the U.S., elected to participate in this study that compares mathematics and
 science performance of their eighth grade students in multiple-choice and
 free-response formats.
     All participating nations were required to draw nationally representative
 samples of students and schools for the TIMSS-R study. In the U.S., this
 sample consisted of 221 schools and 9,072 eighth-graders, which ensured a
 representative sample of eight-grade students in the U.S. Over one thousand
 eighth grade students from 17 of SMART's school districts participated in the
 readministration of the TIMSS test that was originally given in 1995. Data
 from the repeat of TIMSS testing, given to eighth grade students in April of
 1999, will be released on April 4, via satellite from Washington DC at 10am.
 A few of the keynote speakers from Washington, include Dr. Rod Paige,
 Secretary, U.S. Dept of Education, Mr. Michael Casserly, Executive Director,
 Council of Great City Schools, and Dr. Rita Colwell, Director, National
 Science Foundation.
     Immediately following, at 11 am, SMART representatives will address
 questions and provide input on their initiatives, and current educational
 endeavors in Northeast Ohio, designed to improve student learning (K-12) in
 science and mathematics. During the SMART portion of this press conference,
 spokespersons and representatives will include Terry R. Krivak, Executive
 Director, SMART; Paul Williams, Superintendent, Beachwood City Schools; Dennis
 Kowalski, Superintendent, Strongsville City Schools, Linda Williams, Assistant
 Superintendent Mentor Public Schools and Dan Kalish, Executive Director,
 Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.
     "We joined the TIMSS-R study to develop benchmarks for student
 achievement, based on grounded internationally recognized standards, and we
 are pleased with the performance of our students" stated Terry Krivak,
 Executive Director of SMART.
     "More importantly, the results point to areas of teaching and learning
 that we can improve," he added.
     Over the past two years, SMART has initiated several activities to improve
 student learning in mathematics and science, such as Science & Technology for
 Children, Connected Math Investigations, and Cognitive Tutor (algebra). These
 collaborations promote improvements in mathematics and science instruction by
 offering teachers standards-based instructional materials and the professional
 training necessary to integrate technical training with classroom practices.
     SMART has also developed a leadership training program for school
 principals and administrators through its Principals' Leadership Academy. The
 graduates support one another through three regional networks. To-date, the
 Academy has trained 93 principals and administrators from its member school
 districts who are collaborating on a variety of mutual improvement efforts.
     The SMART Consortium, organized in 1998 and headquartered at OAI, was
 formed in response to a shared concern about the weaknesses of United States
 students in mathematics and science reflected in the TIMSS results. SMART has
 a diverse population of urban, suburban, and rural school districts. Forty-
 three percent of its students are minorities and SMART's goal is to ensure the
 best in educational instruction. OAI is located at 22800 Cedar Point Road in
 Brook Park, Ohio and was established in 1989. It is a private non-profit
 consortium for education, industry and university partners, and has supported
 more than $140 million in collaborative research endeavors.
 
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