Trends in International Geography Assessment Study: A Progress Report

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 2:35 PM / 4:15 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Wilson A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Michael Solem
Chairs: Michael Solem


This session will feature a progress report on the National Center for Research in Geography Education's research initiative to design and develop a Trends in International Geography Assessment Study (TIGAS).

TIGAS will be an assessment of geographic knowledge and practices that broadly supports student learning outcomes in the United States and six other countries. The assessment will be deployed as an optional module for countries participating in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). The assessment will, for the first time, provide U.S. educators and policymakers with international comparative data on geography education and advance knowledge of factors influencing the geographic literacy of students in lower secondary education.

Development and validation of the assessment framework and items will focus on 8th-grade students in the United States (students aged 13-14 years in the international schools). International pilot testing sites will include schools in Australia, Singapore, Czechia, Switzerland, South Korea, and The Netherlands. Sampling plans for each country will be developed in consultation with the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Michael Solem National Center for Research in Geography Education 20
Panelist Joseph Stoltman Western Michigan University 20
Panelist Injeong Jo Texas State University 20
Discussant Chew-Hung Chang Nanyang Technological University 20
Panelist Jon Moore Educational Testing Service 20

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