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~~~~~~Table of Contents~~~~~~
April 2003: No Child Left Behind

> No Child Left Behind in Spotlight of RBS Currents
> Now Available from RBS: "According to the Book"
> Free from RBS: "TIMSS Assessment Frameworks and Specifications 2003, 2nd 

~~~~~~No Child Left Behind in Spotlight of RBS Currents~~~~~~
Just published is the spring/summer issue of RBS Currents, which
focuses on the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The articles in
this newsletter provide an overview of the expectations of NCLB
as well as ideas for how best to meet them. There is information
about the Institute of Education Sciences, the government agency
that will support education research, and a list of resources on
NCLB. Also, this issue includes examples of how educators in the
Mid-Atlantic states are working to meet the needs of the
changing education environment and to advance student
achievement. Another article looks at data collected from TIMSS
to discuss what high-achieving countries are doing to improve
student learning. Contact RBS for copies at mathsci@xxxxxxx or
read the online version at the URL below.

This article offers a summary of NCLB, the reauthorization of
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. It looks at
the accountablility requirements that are a part of the law,
specifically the assessments for mathematics, language arts, and
science; adequate yearly progress (AYP); requirements of
districts or schools that don't meet AYP; and the public
reporting that states, districts, and schools now need to
provide. This article also explains the kind of financial and
technical assistance that this law facilitates.

The 2002 Education Sciences Reform Act, signed into law November
5, 2002, created the new Institute of Education Sciences (IES),
which reflects more rigorous support of evidence-based research
as required by NCLB. This article offers information about this
new institute, which seeks to "generate continuous improvement
in education in the nation" as it "compiles statistics, develops
products, and funds research, evaluations, and wide
dissemination activities of demonstrated national need."  Also
included are descriptions of IES's three primary centers--the
National Center for Education Statistics, the National Center
for Education Research, and the National Center for Education
Evaluation and Regional Assistance.

The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
has supplied educators with a significant amount of information
on educational practices of different countries. In this
article, Patsy Wang-Iverson uses that information to ponder ways
that educators might improve teaching and learning in the U.S.
She looks at the data provided by TIMSS regarding the practice
of keeping students with the same teacher for more than one
year, collaboration among teachers, and the number of
mathematics courses that schools offer. Wang-Iverson suggests
what educators can learn from this data.

This article reflects upon the conference "Lesson Study:
Collaborative Teacher-Led Professional Development Focused on
Student Thinking" that RBS and TERC sponsored from November 20
to 22, 2002 in Stamford, CT. This conference brought together
120 educators from as far away as California and Texas to
increase their knowledge of lesson study and help them develop
clear plans to implement and sustain lesson study in their
schools and districts. Participants learned from lesson study
experts such as Makoto Yoshida, Akihiko Takahashi, and Clea
Fernandez, and had the opportunity to observe the teaching of
lessons with simultaneous translation at the Greenwich Japanese
School in nearby Greenwich, CT.

Many resources have been developed to help educators and parents
understand NCLB. This section of RBS Currents lists a sampling
of free online and print resources that should be useful. It
includes national and regional Web sites; E-newsletters,
brochures, and booklets; and reports and references.

~~~~~~Now Available from RBS~~~~~~
"According to the Book: Using TIMSS to Investigate the
Translation of Policy into Practice Through the World of
Textbooks" is newly available from RBS Publications. "According
to the Book" presents findings from the largest cross-national
study of textbooks carried out to date--the curriculum analysis
of the 1995 TIMSS. This study included a detailed, page-by-page,
inventory of the mathematics and science content, pedagogy, and
other characteristics collected from hundreds of textbooks in
over 40 countries. Drawing on these data, the authors
investigate the rhetorical and pedagogical features of textbooks
to understand how they promote and constrain educational
opportunities. They investigate how textbooks are constructed
and how they structure diverse elements into prescriptions for
teaching practice. The authors break new ground in understanding
textbooks in terms of the different educational opportunities
that they make possible. This publication is available from RBS
for $36.00.

~~~~~~FREE from RBS~~~~~~
To provide more information about the mathematics and science
questions included in the TIMSS 2003 assessment, the second
edition of the "TIMSS Assessment Frameworks and Specifications"
includes a range of examples of assessment items (selected from
extra field-test items), along with sample student responses.
The second edition also includes a revised assessment design
chapter to reflect modifications to the test design adopted
after the first edition was published in September 2001.

To request other free mathematics and science resources, visit
the "Free Publications" page of the RBS web site at

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