Bill JacksonMar 135 minHow I Became Interested In Singapore and Japanese MathIn 1997, I attended a series of workshops on the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). That study compared math achievement in over 40 c...

Bill JacksonSep 30, 20155 minWhy U.S. Students Don't Get AlgebraInternational assessments show that U.S. students tend to do worse in mathematics as they get older. The Trends in International Math and Science Study (2011 divide. Examples: … Knowing that 8 x 5 = 40 and 8 x 2 = 16, one can find 8 x 7 as 8 x (5 + 2) = (8 x 5) + (8 x 2) = 40 + 16 = 56. (Distributive property.) Statements like these are no coincidence, because the mathematics standards of high performing East Asian countries were an important source of evidence in developing