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The Condition of Education 1996, Supplemental Table 23-1

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Table 23-1: Distribution of proficiency scores of 9-year-olds on mathematics assessment, by sex, percentile, and country: 1991

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                                                    Average proficiency score                  Percentile scores
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Country                                              Total     Male   Female      1st     5th    10th  Median    90th    95th    99th
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Comprehensive populations
Canada\1\                                              430      430      431      296     337     363     435     490     506     537
Hungary                                                452      452      452      312     357     379     455     520     536     573
Ireland                                                426      425      427      273     317     345     433     493     514     545
Israel\2\                                              442      447      438      310     347     373     445     504     523     555
South Korea                                            473      480      465      334     383     407     475     534     550     586
Slovenia                                               413      413      414      303     336     355     417     467     482     508
Soviet Union\3\                                        447      448      446      310     349     374     450     514     532     579
Spain\4\                                               432      432      432      287     330     353     437     499     518     551
Taiwan                                                 454      455      453      304     360     384     457     521     539     571
United States\5\                                       420      422      419      278     305     333     427     492     513     549

Populations with exclusions or low participation
England\6\                                             427      427      427      292     322     352     428     501     521     556
Italy, Emilia-Romagna\6\                               451      456      446      315     360     386     453     518     536     570
Portugal\7\                                            418      422      414      284     327     347     422     485     500     530
Scotland\6\                                            446      446      446      314     356     382     447     511     525     559

Canadian populations
British Columbia                                       434      433      434      291     336     365     437     497     512     548
New Brunswick-English                                  427      429      426      288     326     353     433     489     505     540
Ontario-English                                        420      417      421      286     321     351     425     482     497     527
Ontario-French                                         414      415      414      292     333     353     419     470     482     512
Quebec-English                                         435      437      434      294     334     365     440     499     518     549
Quebec-French                                          443      444      441      318     356     380     447     497     513     540
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1\ Four out of 10 provinces.

2\ Hebrew-speaking schools.

3\ Fourteen out of 15 republics in the former Soviet Union; Russian-speaking schools.

4\ Regions except Catalu�a; Spanish-speaking schools.

5\ Combined school and student participation rate is below .80 but at least .70; interpret results with caution because of possible nonresponse bias.

6\ Combined school and student participation rate is below .70; interpret results with extreme caution because of possible nonresponse bias.

7\ Restricted grades.

SOURCE: Educational Testing Service, International Assessment of Educational Progress, 1992.


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