Grand Junction schools’ test scores to be used in global study

Grand Mesa Middle School and West Middle School eighth-graders will be among students at 50 Colorado schools to participate in an international math and science assessment this year.

Students in 51 countries will take the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study test this spring. Colorado is one of nine states, including Alabama, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota and North Carolina, that will test students and use the results to compare how the U.S. stacks up against other participating countries.

The last time the test was administered, in 2007, the average math score for U.S. eighth-graders placed behind eight countries and ahead of 38 others. The U.S. ranked 11th for eighth-grade science performance on the test.

Schools were chosen for the test by the U.S. Department of Education and the test administrators to provide a representative sample of each state and “to validate a linking study between the national assessment (NAEP) and TIMSS,” according to the National Center for Education Statistic’s Web page detailing how the international study works. Colorado students take National Assessment of Educational Progress tests in fourth, eighth and 12th grades during second semester each year.

Under federal law, the Colorado Department of Education cannot release the names of the schools or districts that will participate in the test, but the districts can divulge that information if they choose to when contacted.


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