"TIMSS represented a quantum leap over previous cross-national surveys of education achievement. The United States and other countries wanted to provide high-quality data that could be used to compare their education systems beyond the initial "horse-race" results. Baker and LeTendre's far-ranging analyses offer clear evidence that this goal was achieved."Laura Salganik, Director, Education Statistics Services Institute, American Institutes for Research "National Differences, Global Similaritiesis filled with cogen insights, counter-intuitive findings, convincing policy recommendations, and lucid predictions....Maybe Baker's and LeTendre's greatest accomplishment will be inspiring readers to think more deeply about seemingly well understood education topics."--Teachers College RecordBaker, David is the author of 'National Differences, Global Similarities World Culture and the Future of Schooling', published 2005 under ISBN 9780804750219 and ISBN 0804750211.