Press Release

AFT on TIMSS International Assessment Results

For Release: 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Janet Bass

WASHINGTON—Statement by Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, on the results of the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS):

“The latest international assessments of math and science show that students in the United States are continuing to improve their standing and scores on what is viewed as a highly respected international comparative study of student achievement. Just as we’ve seen with higher graduation rates among U.S. public school students, this report reveals a steady upward trajectory in math and science achievement for students in grades 4 and 8. Importantly, eighth-graders did not just plateau but actually improved from four years ago. 

“TIMSS affirms that when there is an alignment between teachers and students, instruction and standards, and resources—giving teachers the flexibility to teach what students need to know and do—we see success.

“This good news portends even stronger growth if public schools are given the chance to do what the new federal education law envisions, including more local control, less testing, continued investment in our public schools, and giving teachers more support and professional latitude to do what’s best for students.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.