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*STRANGE QUOTE OF THE WEEK About last week's quote: The actual quote by Jan Egeland, the United Nations' emergency relief coordinator and former head of the Norwegian Red Cross: "We were more generous when we were less rich, many of the rich countries. And it is beyond me, why are we so stingy, really. Even Christmas time should remind many Western countries at least how rich we have become." George Stephanopolis questionned Secretary of State Colin Powell about this, asking pretty much the same question I did: Why was the original estimate barely into the millions of dollars, when it was obvious from the start that it would/should/could approach a billion dollars? Not to mention why President Bush took four days before giving out any statement whatsoever. *PREDICTIONS OF THE WEEK I'm sure you've all now heard this spin-doctored beyond belief, so I'll let it be other than to add that when all is said and done, perhaps over a year from now, the death toll might be 1/4 million, possibly the second greatest natural disaster of all time. [There was an earthquake in Japan in the 1500s that perhaps took 1/2 million lives, perhaps 3/4 million.] *ODD STATISTICS OF THE WEEK More on TIMSS I'm not at all sure why the 8th grade math scores got the press releases a few weeks ago, my own comparisons with a report from 1999 that I saved showed that the U.S. scores in 8th grade science showed much more of a change: 1999 Rank 28 2003 Rank Country Name United States Country Name Score 500 Score
This shows a 5% increase in absolute scoring, and drastic improvement in international ranking. [Perhaps it was a misprint, and the press releases should have said Science, not Math] At any rate, here are the top 15 in each category of 2003: Math Grade 8 Rank Country Name 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Math Grade 4 [Only about half as many countries measured] Rank Country Name 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Score 594 575 565 564 551 540 536 534 532 531 529 518 510 504 503 Score 605 589 586 585 570 537 536 531 529 508 508 508 508 505 504
Singapore Korea [Rep./South] Hong Kong, SAR Chinese Taipei Japan Belgium [Flemish] Netherlands Estonia Hungary Malaysia Latvia Russian Federation Slovak Republic Australia United States
Singapore Hong Kong SAR Japan Chinese Taipei Belgium [Flemish] Netherlands Latvia Lithuania Russian Federation England Hungary United States Cyprus Moldova, Rep. of Italy
[Please note approximately 100 point level change between the 15 each grade]
Science Grade 8 Rank Country Name 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Singapore Chinese Taipei Korea, Rep./South Hong Kong, SAR Estonia Japan Hungary Netherlands United States Australia Sweden Slovenia New Zealand Lithuania Slovak Republic Score 578 571 558 556 552 552 543 536 527 527 524 520 520 519 520
[Note only 58 points from #1 to #15 in this area] Science Grade 4 Rank Country Name 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Score 565 551 543 542 540 536 532 530 526 525 521 520 518 516 512
Singapore Chinese Taipei Japan Hong Kong, SAR England United States Latvia Hungary Russian Federation Netherlands Australia New Zealand Belgium [Flemish] Italy Lithuania
[Again note less difference betwen #1 and #15] TIMSS = Third International Mathematics and Science Study Three weeks ago nearly every new service had positive comments about the improved U.S. students' TIMSS test scores that come out every four years. Only one source I heard had the nerve
to say that the scores didn't really show any improvement, while the rest seemed to reek of jingoism. However, in reviewing the scores, it seems obvious that the U.S. test scores in question, the 8th grade math scores, were basically unchanged, moving up less than 1% from the 1999 score of 500 to the 2003 score of 504, out of 800. This represents a change of 1/5 of 1% per year, which I seriously doubt is within the statistical parameters of the TIMSS testing methodologies. [This is 1/8% if you measure from the total of 800 points, or a 1/2% total change over the four year period, an increment these kinds of tests are not reported to target.] Much more likely is the fact that the U.S. ranking has been changed more by changes in the other countries, both in terms of the changes the countries chosen for the 2003 tests, and the performance changes of those countries that stayed the same. More details of score changes in the top 20 of 1999: Rank Country 1999/2003 Change
1/1 Singapore 2/2 Korea 3/5 Japan 4/3 Hong Kong 6/6 Belgium (Fl) 7/13 Slovak Republic 9/7 Netherlands 9/21 Slovenia [Netherlands and Slovenia 11/25 Bulgaria 14/9 Hungary 16/14 Australia Avg. of 11 listed here: Change in U.S. Score: Change in U.S. Rank
643/605 = 38 607/589 = 18 605/570 = 35 588/586 = 3 565/537 = 28 547/508 = 39 541/536 = 5 541/493 = 48 tied in 1999] 540/476 = 66 537/529 = 7 530/505 = 25 568/539 500/504 28/15 = = = 29 4 13
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