June 2019: Promoting effective mathematics teaching. Analyzing teacher enactment of grade 8 mathematics curricula using TIMSS data

Benavot, Aaron Romero-Celis, Treisy
IEA , Amsterdam (2019)
TIMSS data reveal that setting high standards for the overall mathematics curriculum and ensuring teachers adhere to these standards may not necessarily lead to better learning outcomes for students. There are significant gaps between the intended and implemented grade 8 mathematics curricula in many TIMSS education systems, regardless of performance.
Education systems should foster conditions that enable teachers to better enact the intended mathematics curriculum, taking into account students' previous knowledge and current needs. Policies regarding teacher supervision, mentoring, accountability, and evaluation should support teacher enactment of the curriculum.