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Where did the Dare to Compare questions come from?

These questions are from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), the Civic Education Study (CivEd) and National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP).

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. students compared to that of students in other countries. Kids' Zone Dare to Compare has included TIMSS 4th and 8th grade level data for 42 and 38 countries respectively in the subjects of math and science.

Civic Education Study (CivEd)
The Civic Education Study (CivEd), conducted in 1999, provides information on U.S. ninth-graders' knowledge of democratic practices and institutions and on how it compares with the knowledge of students in 27 other participating countries. In addition, CivEd provides data about U.S. ninth-grade studentsí attitudes toward democracy, national identity, international relations, and social cohesion and diversity. NCES Kids' Zone has included 9th grade civics questions and results collected in this study. 4th, 8th and 12th grade students participated in the NAEP geography, history and math studies.

National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP)
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history. NCES Kids' Zone has included questions and responses for the following subjects:

  • 4th, 8th & 12th grade geography
  • 4th, 8th & 12th grade history
  • 4th, 8th & 12th grade math
  • 4th & 8th grade civics
  • 12th grade economics

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