The significance of international comparison of student achievement

The significance of international comparison of student achievement

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The significance of international comparison of student achievement

Governments, Educators and parents worldwide are increasingly becoming ,interested in international comparisons’, of student achievement. The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) have featured prominently in this. With the remarkable achievements of countries in Asia, for example Singapore and China, governments are becoming convinced that future economic competiveness depends upon high levels of knowledge and skills particularly in literacy, numeracy and science. Ghana is aspiring to become a middle income country by the year 2015. Education is key to this goal and in the light of this Ghana participated in TIMSS 2003 to access its educational system with others who are in this group or above.Comparison of students’, achievement affords countries the opportunities to compare their educational system with others and affords them the chance to factor out programmes that will improve them. This paper considers Ghana’,s performance atTIMSS 2003 and the relative strengths and weaknesses compared to other countries. It also considers follow up programmes being organized by the Ghana government to improve performance in mathematics and science.Key Words: Standardized test, Achievement, Migration, Globalization.

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