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© 2003 Michigan State University The Level Playing Field: An American Myth William H. Schmidt Michigan State University October 8, 2003 Archived Information

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© 2003 Michigan State University A Typical TIMSS Geometry Item

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© 2003 Michigan State University Relationship between Parents’ Education and Student Achievement

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© 2003 Michigan State University Relationship between Parents’ Education and Student Achievement

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© 2003 Michigan State University Relationship Between Mostly Algebra Instruction and Student Achievement

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© 2003 Michigan State University Relationship between Curriculum, SES, & Student Learning

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© 2003 Michigan State University High Achieving Countries’ Mathematics Standard

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© 2003 Michigan State University 21 States’ Mathematics Standards

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© 2003 Michigan State University Mathematics is cumulative. Properly done, the topics in each year depend on the topics covered in previous years. When one fails to take this cumulative nature into account, the study of mathematics degenerates into a relatively meaningless list-making and memorization of unconnected factoids – something particularly damaging for weaker students. James Milgram, Professor of Mathematics, Stanford University MSU Education Policy Forum, Washington, DC, June, 2003

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© 2003 Michigan State University Percent (standard error) of U.S. 8 th Grade Students in Schools Offering Each Type of Mathematics Course

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© 2003 Michigan State University Percent of Students Taking Algebra I for the First Time

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© 2003 Michigan State University Minimal Standards? One course in each: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics Algebra II/Biology/Chemistry/Physics Less than 30 % of ALL Students Less than 5 % of Voc/Tech Students About 15 % of General Academic Students About 40 % of College Preparatory Students

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© 2003 Michigan State University Minimal Standards? One course in each: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics Algebra II/Biology/Chemistry/Physics Less than 20 % of ALL Black Students Less than 5 % of Black Voc/Tech Students About 11 % of Black General Academic Students About 32 % of Black College Preparatory Students

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© 2003 Michigan State University College Preparatory Standards? One course in each: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics Pre-calculus/Biology/Chemistry/Physics Less than 20 % of ALL Students Less than 2 % of Voc/Tech Students About 10 % of General Academic Students About 30 % of College Preparatory Students

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© 2003 Michigan State University Percent of Teachers Indicating That They are Well-Prepared Academically to Teach 12 Basic Mathematics Topics

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