TIMSS Video Benchmark announcement [3-12-03]

TIMSS Video Benchmark announcement [3-12-03]

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TIMSS VIDEO STUDY BENCHMARKING OPTION A proposal by LessonLab - Santa Monica, California March 14, 2003 BACKGROUND The TIMSS 1999 Video Study is a follow-up to the TIMSS 1995 Video Study. The 1999 Video Study was conducted by LessonLab Inc., funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and sponsored by IEA. The 1999 video study includes seven countries: Australia, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, and United States. Whereas the 1995 study included only mathematics, this new one includes eighth-grade mathematics and science lessons, sampling 100 lessons for each subject and country. The goals of the study are to describe teaching practices in eighth-grade mathematics and science, to compare practices across countries, and to build a library of public-release videos that can be used to promote cross-national discussions of teaching. The results of the mathematics study will be released March 26, 2003. The science study will be released in 2004. OPPORTUNITY Although only seven countries participated in the 1999 Video Study, 50 countries participated in the assessment portion of TIMSS 1999. Now that the results of the mathematics video study are about to be released, LessonLab is offering all countries the opportunity to benchmark their country’s mathematics and science teaching against the seven countries that participated in the TIMSS 1999 video study. A country need not have participated in the TIMSS 1999 testing in ...

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TIMSS VIDEO STUDY
BENCHMARKING OPTION
A proposal by LessonLab - Santa Monica, California
March 14, 2003
BACKGROUND
The TIMSS 1999 Video Study is a follow-up to the TIMSS 1995 Video Study. The 1999 Video Study
was conducted by LessonLab Inc., funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and sponsored by
IEA. The 1999 video study includes seven countries: Australia, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Japan,
Netherlands, Switzerland, and United States. Whereas the 1995 study included only mathematics, this
new one includes eighth-grade mathematics and science lessons, sampling 100 lessons for each
subject and country. The goals of the study are to describe teaching practices in eighth-grade
mathematics and science, to compare practices across countries, and to build a library of public-
release videos that can be used to promote cross-national discussions of teaching. The results of the
mathematics study will be released March 26, 2003. The science study will be released in 2004.
OPPORTUNITY
Although only seven countries participated in the 1999 Video Study, 50 countries participated in the
assessment portion of TIMSS 1999. Now that the results of the mathematics video study are about
to be released, LessonLab is offering all countries the opportunity to benchmark their country’s
mathematics and science teaching against the seven countries that participated in the TIMSS 1999
video study. A country need not have participated in the TIMSS 1999 testing in order to participate
in this video benchmarking option. LessonLab is offering two options for participation:
OPTION #1: COMPLETE BENCHMARKING STUDY
A country electing the TIMSS Video Benchmarking Option pays LessonLab a fixed fee to conduct a
video study. For this fee, LessonLab will conduct the major aspects of the project, from data
collection to analysis, to report preparation and public release videos. Lessons will be coded using the
mathematics and science coding frameworks developed for the TIMSS 1999 Video Study. The codes
address various aspects of mathematics and science instruction (e.g., country models - holistic
representations of a “typical” lesson in each country; analysis of classroom interaction patterns and
participant frameworks; analysis of instructional activities; analysis of content presented and type of
reasoning required from students; use of resources). A benchmarking report will be prepared that
shows the new country’s data in comparison to the 7 countries participating in TIMSS Video 1999.
The complete benchmarking option provides a country with a way to compare its classroom
practices to those in other countries, including a number of high achieving ones. In addition,
LessonLab will produce public release videotapes for participants in the benchmarking option that
will enable a country to join cross-national discussions of teaching that will take place in conjunction
with the 1999 mathematics and science video studies.
OPTION #2: PUBLIC USE VIDEO PARTICIPATION ONLY
Countries which choose not to carry out a complete benchmarking study are offered a second
option: to participate in the international discussion of public use videos of mathematics and science
lessons. In choosing Option 2, a country pays LessonLab a fixed fee to produce four public use
lessons (or eight if both mathematics and science are included); collect all supplementary materials;
digitize video and related materials and enter them in LessonLab’s on-line public use library together
with public use lessons from the TIMSS 1999 Video Study. At present there are 28 full length lesson
cases in the LessonLab TIMSS Video Library, 4 from each country which participated in the TIMSS
1999 Video Study.
In addition to all production costs, LessonLab also includes in the fee for Option 2 a one-year
software license and on-line access to all public use lessons from all countries, including participation
in on-line international discussions of mathematics and science teaching.
COST
OPTION #1: COMPLETE BENCHMARKING STUDY
The fixed price cost of this research offering is US$300,000 for each country and subject matter
(mathematics or science). If both mathematics and science are done the cost is US$600,000. The
study will be completed within approximately one year.
In addition to these fees, each country will be expected to contribute the time of the Country
Coordinator (the primary LessonLab research colleague in each country), as well as the work of
selecting the sample of classrooms, securing of all necessary permissions, translation of teacher
questionnaire in appropriate language, printing of teacher questionnaires, payments for participating
teachers (if required), and some travel expenses.
OPTION #2: PUBLIC USE VIDEO OPTION ONLY
The fixed price cost of participation in the public use video project is US$50,000 for one subject
(mathematics or science), or US$90,000 for both mathematics and science. In addition to this fee,
each country must assist with selection of classrooms for videotaping and securing of permissions.
All other costs are included.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
If you are interested in participating, or if you have further questions, please contact Dr. James Stigler
at LessonLab (
jims@lessonlab.com
).