Each year a small number of schools in each state are selected to participate in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). The results for the 2011 assessment were released last week and NC students performed very well.
-- North Carolina was the only participating state in the country and one of only eight education systems across the world in which fourth grade math students outscored the test average and U.S. national average on the 2011 TIMSS.
Although Polk County students did not participate, we can still be proud of the accomplishments of the other NC students. We can only imagine how much higher the scores would have been if our students had been included in the sample.
More information about the results can be found at http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/accountability/policies/naep/2