Abadzi, H., (2006). Efficient Learning for the Poor:
Insights from the Frontier of Cognitive Neuroscience. Washington, D.C. The World Bank.
An outstanding resource on theory and instructional strategies based on sound. Understanding
cognitive neuroscience. Not just related to the poor. A true gem!
Baldi, S., Jin, Y., Skemer, M., Green, P.J., and Hereget, D. (2007).
Highlights from PISA
2006: Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in Science and Mathematics Literacy and Mathematics
Literacy in an International Context (NCES 2008-016). National Center for Education
Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
PISA 2006 Results for Science & Math. Can be downloaded.
Carmichael, S., Wilson, W., Finn, C., Winkler, A., Palmieri, S. (2009). Stars By Which to
Navigate? Scanning National and International Education Standards in 2009. An Interim Report on
Common Core, NAEP, TIMSS and PISA. Thomas B. Fordham Institute. P. 1-59.
Excellent report relating Common Core, NAEP, TIMSS and PISA.
Central Intelligence Agency (2009). The CIA World Factbook 2010. New York: Skyhorse Pub.
Outstanding resource for demographic data for all countries of the world.
Compton, R. (2011). The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World’s Most Surprising School System.
New School Films. DVD (From Documentary Series on Global Education.)
An outstanding documentary film that highlights the factors leading to the high quality of
education in Finland.
Crow, B., Lodha, S. K., (2011). The Atlas of Global Inequalities. Berkeley: University of
Outstanding demographic and inequality data including all countries of the world.
Darling-Hammond, L. (2010). The Flat World and Education- How America’s Commitment to Equity
Will Determine Our Future. New York & London: Teacher’s College, Columbia Univ.
Excellent insight into what needs to be done to improve U.S. education. Explains factors
leading to High international achievement in countries like Finland and Korea.
Dillon, S. (2010). Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators. New York: The New York
Times. Dec. 7, 2010.
Insightful article about the factors implemented in Shanghai leading to the latest PISA
Scores ranking a very high first place.
Gonzales, P., Williams, T., Jocelyn, L., Roey, S., Kastberg, D., and Brenwald, S. (2008).
Highlights From TIMSS 2007: Mathematics and Science Achievement of U.S. Fourth- and Eighth-Grade
Students in an International Context (NCES 2009-001). National Center for Education Statistics,
Institute of Education Sciences, U. S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
TIMSS 2007 scores. Available for download.
Greaney, V., Kellaghan, T. (2008). Assessing National Achievement Levels in Education.
Washington, D. C.: International Bank for Reconstruction & Development / The World Bank.
Information on International Testing published by the World Bank. Good resource.
Information Please Database. 06 June 2009. “How Many Countries?” Pearson Educ. Inc. 15 July
Excellent website for up-to-date demographic data.
Jaworski, B., Phillips, D. (1999). Comparing Standards Internationally – Research & Practice
in Mathematics and Beyond. Oxford, U.K.: Symposium Books.
Although written in 1999, this is a good resource reviewing the foundations and applications
Related to international testing in Mathematics.
Kinard, J. T., Kozulin A. (2008). Rigorous Mathematical Thinking. New York: Cambridge
A high level focus and position related to the needs and benefits of rigor in Math curriculum.
Koretz, D. (2009). “How Do American Students Measure UP: Making Sense of International
Comparisons.” Future of Children, V19 n1 Spring 2009. P. 37-51
Explains lower results for American students in international testing.
Loveless, T. (2007). Lessons Learned – What International Assessments Tell Us About Math
Achievement. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press.
Excellent overview of TIMSS (Gr. 4 and 8) and PISA (Age 15) testing in Math.
Miller, D., Sen, A., Malley L., Burns, S., (2009). “Comparative Indicators of Education in the
United States and Other G-8 Countries: 2009.” National Center for Education Statistics, NCES
2009-039, P. 4-13.
G-8 Comparisons are powerful and insightful related to international test scores.
Mullis, I.V.S., Martin, M.O., Olson, J.F., Berger, D. R., Milne, D., and Stanco, G. M. (Eds.).
(2008). TIMSS 2007 Encyclopedia: A Guide to Mathematics & Science Education Around the World.
Chestnut Hill, MA: Boston Coll.
Excellent resource accompanying TIMSS 2007 test results.
Naumann, J. (2005). TIMSS, PISA, PIRLS and Low Educational Achievement in World Society,
Prospects, Vol. XXXV, no. 2, Je 2005. P. 229-248.
Background information related to low achievement in TIMSS, PISA, and PIRLS testing.
OECD (2010). PISA 2009 at a Glance, OECD Publishing. http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/978926409298-en
Website for OECD to access and download PISA test results for 2009.
OECD (2010). PISA 2009 Results: What Students Know and Can Do – Student Performance in
Reading, Mathematics and Science (Volume 1). OECD Publishing. 07 Dec 2010.
OECD report on PISA 2009 results.
OECD (2011), Lessons from PISA for the United States, Strong Performers and Successful
Reformers in Education, OECD Publishing. http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264096660-en.
Detailed report from OECD about factors in certain countries leading to high and improved
PISA 2006: Science Competencies for Tomorrow’s World (Vols. 1 and 2), http://www.pisa.oecd.org
OECD website results for PISA 2006 which had special focus on Science. Easy to download.
Provasnik, S., Gonzales, P., Miller, D. (2009). U.S. Performance Across International
Assessments of Student Achievement: Special Supplement to The Condition of Education 2009 (NCES
2009-083). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S.
Department of Education. Washington DC.
U.S. Department of Education analysis of U.S. performance in 2009 international assessments.
Ravitch, D., Cortese, A. (2009). Why We’re behind: What Top Nations Teach Their Students but
We Don’t. Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review. V75 n1 Sep 2009
Overview of factors leading to the U.S. being behind in international testing. Ravitch is a
Prominent and insightful expert on issues related to need for reform in U.S. education.
Takayama, K. (2010). Politics of Externalization in Reflexive Times: Reinventing Japanese
Education Reform Discourses through “Finnish PISA Success.” Comparative Education Review, v54, n1
Feb 2010. P. 51-75.
This article compares international achievement scores in Finland and Japan, and is an
excellent example of how PISA scores can be used to influence education reform.
Wu, M. (2009). “A Comparison of PISA and TIMSS 2003 Achievement Results in Mathematics.”
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v39, n1 Mar 2009. P. 33-46.
This article is an excellent example of how achievement results in Mathematics can vary between
TIMSS and PISA testing.