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Media Contact: Patricia Delaney Director of Media Relations
Boston College

TIMSS Project Contact:
Michael O. Martin
Ina V.S. Mullis
Co-Directors International Study

MEDIA NOTE: The full TIMSS 1999 reports are available on-line at the International Study Center's web site on the Publications page or by calling 617-552-1600. To arrange interviews with the TIMSS International Study Co-Directors Michael O. Martin or Ina V.S. Mullis, or to obtain camera-ready color charts, please call the Boston College Office of Public Affairs at 617-552-3352.







Biographical Information on Speakers

Dr. Alejandro Tiana, Chairperson, IEA
Dr. Alejandro Tiana is chair of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), an independent international cooperative of national research institutions and governmental research agencies. The IEA has been conducting large-scale comparative studies of educational achievement since 1959, and is the sponsoring organization for TIMSS. Currently Professor of Education and Vice-Rector for Pedagogical Innovation at the Spanish National Distance Teaching University with about 200,000 students, Tiana worked for the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain from 1989 to 1996, first as Director of the Centre for Educational Research and Documentation and subsequently as Director of the National Institute for Quality and Evaluation. Over the past decade and a half, he has participated in the work of a number of international organizations, including terms as President of the Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research of Education in Europe (CIDREE) and of the Governing Board of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI-OECD). He began his three-year term as chair of IEA in September 1999. He received his Ph.D. from the University Complutense of Madrid in 1985. (Dr. Tiana's statement)

Dr. Hans Wagemaker, Executive Director, IEA
Appointed Executive Director in 1998, Hans Wagemaker brings to IEA extensive leadership experience in administration and research. Headquartered at IEA's permanent Secretariat in the Netherlands, Wagemaker facilitates the planning and development of IEA studies and monitors their progress. He initiates and coordinates country participation in IEA studies and performs fund-raising activities for various IEA projects. Prior to his IEA appointment, Wagemaker was the TIMSS National Research Coordinator for New Zealand in the Research Section of the New Zealand Ministry of Education. He also led the development of New Zealand's School Entry Assessment and was heavily involved in IEA's Reading Literacy Study, serving on the International Steering Committee. His areas of specialization include research and evaluation, policy analysis, program/project management, comparative and international education, and large-scale survey/assessment methods. Wagemaker received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in sociology of education/comparative education. (Dr. Wagemaker's statement)

Dr. Michael O. Martin, Co-Director, International Study Center at Boston College
Michael O. ("Mick") Martin has been directing TIMSS internationally since 1994, first as Deputy Study Director for the original TIMSS conducted in 1995 and most recently as Co-Director of TIMSS-Repeat, the replication of TIMSS at the eighth grade conducted in 1999. He is Co-Director of the International Study Center at Boston College, a research professor in the Lynch School of Education, and also Co-Director of IEA's Progress in Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). He is an internationally recognized expert in designing assessment instruments, operations procedures, and quality assurance procedures. Before joining Boston College, he was a Research Fellow at the Educational Research Center at St. Patrick's College, Dublin, where he directed Ireland's national surveys of student achievement and served as Ireland's national project representative for four major international students surveys. He has served on IEA's Technical Advisory Committee since 1992. Martin received a M.Sc. degree in computer applications from Trinity College, Dublin (1973) and a Ph.D. in psychology from University College, Dublin (1980). (Dr. Martin's statement)

Dr. Ina V.S. Mullis, Co-Director, International Study Center
Co-Director of TIMSS-R

Ina V.S. Mullis has been with the International Study Center at Boston College since 1994. She is a Professor in the Lynch School of Education in the Department of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation, Co-Director of the International Study Center, and Co-Director of IEA's Progress in Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). Prior to joining Boston College, Mullis was Project Director of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) at Educational Testing Service. She received a Ph.D. in educational research from the University of Colorado, where she was the 1983 recipient of the distinguished alumni award from the school of education. She has considerable management experience and technical expertise in a wide range of large-scale national and international assessment methods and issues. Mullis serves on several national advisory panels, including the NAEP Validation Studies Panel, and is the independent evaluation specialist for the Foundation for Teaching Economics. (Dr. Mullis' statement)

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