Iowa Assessments 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufB9xj1IFQ4&feature=related “My Pencil”. Purposes of Testing. Students: Identify Strengths and Weaknesses Monitor Growth Determine College Readiness Compare Performance to Local and National Groups Teachers:
“In standardized math tests, Japanese children consistently score higher than their American counterparts. Researchers have discovered that it may have more to do with effort than ability. Researchers wanted to see how long they would try before giving up.”
American children---9.47 minutes
Japanese children---13.93 minutes
The Japanese children tried about 40% longer!
Researchers concluded that the difference in scores
had more to do with persistence than intelligence.
The Japanese children simply tried harder!