Alexander W. Wiseman, Abdullah Sadaawi, Naif H. Alromi , Paper presented at the 3rd IEA International Research Conference, Taipei City, Taiwan , 2008

This study examines the impact of socioeconomic status and school resource indicators on 8th grade math and science achievement in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The analyses reported here show that the Kingdom’s national averages in most of these areas in 2003 fell below that of peer nations both in the region and globally, which gives Saudi educational policymakers several clear targets for educational reform and improvement. The value and importance of internationally comparative assessments like TIMSS is also discussed with reference to the Saudi case, in particular.

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