Eliminating fatherlessness

TIMSS Math Item K02

 

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Question K02 on the 12th Grade TIMSS Math test given to 12th graders around the world in 1995 suggests that American girls and boys were taught the wrong thing in the classroom, as they scored 3-4% lower than if they had just guessed.

 

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THIRD INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE STUDY - 1995 ASSESSMENT May 13, 1998 33

Percent of responses by Math Item Categories - Final Year of Secondary School

Item: K02 KEY: A

PERMUTATIONS OF BOOKS ON A SHELF (Numbers, Equations and Functions)

Difficulty: 703

OTHER

INCOR

NOT

1. GIRL

2. BOY

COUNTRY

N

A

B

C

D

E

RECT

DIFF

INVALID

REACHED

OMIT

% Right

% Right

Australia

174

53.8

17.6

22.5

5.2

0

0.8

53.8

0

0

0.8

50.2

56.7

Austria

202

8.8

34.6

25.9

20.1

7

3.7

8.8

0

0.3

3.3

7.9

9.7

Canada

807

29.6

28.1

18.9

19.6

1.8

2

29.6

0

0

2

26.5

32.2

Cyprus

109

41

27.5

21.8

6

0

3.8

41

0

0

3.8

36.8

41.7

Czech Republic

272

17.3

30

27.7

19.4

1.5

4.2

17.3

2.3

0

1.9

12.6

23.7

Denmark

422

28.4

30.5

20.7

15.8

1.2

3.5

28.4

0.1

0

3.4

24.6

30.3

France

259

31.3

25.7

32.1

7.9

0

3

31.3

0

0

3

26.5

34.4

Germany

733

13.7

28

20.2

22.6

3.6

11.9

13.7

0.4

0.5

11.1

9.3

19.6

Greece

109

30.2

34.1

23.3

7.3

2.7

2.4

30.2

0

0

2.4

29

30.8

Hungary

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Iceland

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Israel

206

37.9

16

23.3

14.6

1.5

6.8

37.9

0

0.5

6.3

33.3

45.9

Italy

121

13.9

34.9

18.4

11.6

1.6

19.6

13.9

0

0

19.6

15.7

12.7

Latvia (LSS)

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Lithuania

249

33

31.3

13.1

9.6

1.6

11.3

33

0

0

11.3

26.6

39

Netherlands

.

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.

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.

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.

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New Zealand

.

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.

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.

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Norway

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Russian Federation

446

15.8

34.5

16.2

15.4

1.9

16.2

15.8

0

0

16.2

10.8

20.8

Slovenia

430

41.3

17.7

22.3

10.7

0.8

7.2

41.3

0.3

0

6.9

39.4

43

South Africa

.

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.

.

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.

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.

.

.

.

Sweden

253

24.4

20.9

16.2

30.3

5.4

2.8

24.4

0

0

2.8

21.3

25.6

Switzerland

360

33.9

19.6

21.1

14.1

3.2

8.2

33.9

0

0

8.2

29.2

35.8

United States

759

16.4

35.9

18.3

27.3

1.4

0.8

16.4

0.1

0

0.7

16.8

16

INTERNATIONAL AVG

.

27.7

27.5

21.3

15.1

2.1

6.4

27.7

0.2

0.1

6.1

24.5

30.5