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Complexity of Illustrations in PISA 2009 Science Items and Its Relationship to the Performance of Students from Shanghai-China, the United States, and Mexico

by Guillermo Solano-Flores & Chao Wang
The authors of this article investigate the relationship between illustration complexity and the difficulty of PISA 2009 science items in the United States, Mexico, and China. They discuss the implications of their findings for systematically developing PISA science illustrated items.
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Cautions About Inferences From International Assessments: The Case of PISA 2009

by Kadriye Ercikan, Wolff-Michael Roth & Mustafa Asil
Two key uses of international assessments of achievement have been (a) comparing country performances for identifying the countries with the best education systems and (b) generating insights about effective policy and practice strategies that are associated with higher learning outcomes.
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Book Reviews
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Use of Visual Displays in Research and Testing: Coding, Interpreting, and Reporting Data

by Matthew T. McCrudden, Gregory Schraw, & Chad W. Buckendahl (Eds.)
reviewed by Manuel S. Gonzȧlez Canchė


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Evaluation for an Equitable Society

by Stewart I. Donaldson & Robert Picciotto (Eds.)
reviewed by Robert M. Reardon


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Student Discipline: A Prosocial Perspective

by Phillip M. Brown (Ed.)
reviewed by Vance Austin


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MOOCs: High Technology and Higher Learning

by Robert A. Rhoads
reviewed by Stephanie Blackmon


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The Next Generation of Testing: Common Core Standards, Smarter-Balanced, PARCC, and the Nationwide Testing Movement

by Hong Jiao & Robert W. Lissitz (Eds.)
reviewed by Jaekyung Lee & Jaehwa Choi



Education researcher Chezare A. Warren discusses his co-edited TC Record special issue, Erasing the Deficits: My Brother's Keeper and Contemporary Perspectives on Black Male School Achievement. Watch and discuss this episode of The Voice on Vialogues.

Commentary

Pushing Back Against Teacher Attrition

by Rachel Klein
Drawing on induction programs for insight into what helps novice teachers navigate the precarious first years of teaching and remain in the profession, and utilizing respondent-driven survey data, this commentary argues that including the induction support of mentorship in teacher preparation models would increase teacher retention.
Editorial

TCR Yearbooks - Call for Proposals

by Gary Natriello
The editors of the Teachers College Record announce a call for proposals for future TCR Yearbooks.


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