Press Release

AFT Statement on 2011 International Math, Science, Reading Assessments

For Release: 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Contact:

Janet Bass
202-879-4554
jbass@aft.org

AFT's Weingarten: "While we have much work ahead of us, I am optimistic that the improvement we're seeing in teaching and learning will accelerate as states start to integrate the more rigorous Common Core State Standards into curriculum, assessments, teacher evaluations and teacher preparation as well as provide ongoing support throughout teachers' careers.

WASHINGTON—Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the results of the 2011 TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and the 2011 PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) assessments:

"The latest international math, science and reading assessments show U.S. students are on an upward trajectory, but so are students in countries that consistently have been global leaders. While we have much work ahead of us, I am optimistic that the improvement we're seeing in teaching and learning will accelerate as states start to integrate the more rigorous Common Core State Standards into curriculum, assessments, teacher evaluations and teacher preparation as well as provide ongoing support throughout teachers' careers. When we commit to this alignment and support teachers with the resources and tools to do their jobs, we can further narrow the gap between student achievement in the United States and in other top-ranked countries."