Eliminating fatherlessness

TIMSS Math Item K08

 

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Question K08 on the 12th Grade TIMSS Math test given to 12th graders around the world in 1995 suggests that American girls were taught the wrong thing in the classroom, as they scored 1% lower than if they had just guessed.

 

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THIRD INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE STUDY - 1995 ASSESSMENT May 13, 1998 39

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

Item: K08 KEY: D

CONIC REPRESENTED BY AN EQUATION (Geometry)

Difficulty: 690

OTHER

INCOR

NOT

1. GIRL

2. BOY

COUNTRY

N

A

B

C

D

RECT

DIFF

INVALID

REACHED

OMIT

% Right

% Right

Australia

174

35.6

37

12.3

13.7

1.3

13.7

0

0

1.3

17

11.2

Austria

202

30.4

22.5

12.1

30.4

4.6

30.4

0

0.3

4.2

25.7

35.8

Canada

807

18.8

32.3

9.7

38.8

0.5

38.8

0.5

0

0

38.8

38.7

Cyprus

110

25.6

16.3

6.2

51.2

0.7

51.2

0

0

0.7

43

56.8

Czech Republic

272

25.1

25.3

14.9

31.7

3

31.7

0.2

0

2.7

27

38.1

Denmark

422

41.1

27.8

8.5

14.2

8.4

14.2

0.2

1

7.2

12.1

15.3

France

259

26.7

24.3

8

34.4

6.5

34.4

0

0

6.5

39.2

31.1

Germany

733

31.9

22.5

19.2

14

12.4

14

0.9

0.6

10.9

14.1

14.2

Greece

109

25.5

11

2.6

60.9

0

60.9

0

0

0

64.6

59

Hungary

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.

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.

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.

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.

.

.

Iceland

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.

.

.

.

.

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Israel

206

21.4

16.5

3.9

55.3

2.9

55.3

0

1.5

1.5

53.5

58.2

Italy

121

31.2

29

8.5

29.1

2.1

29.1

0.7

1

0.4

38.8

22.2

Latvia (LSS)

.

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.

.

.

.

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.

.

.

.

.

Lithuania

249

49.5

16

14.2

10.2

10

10.2

0

0

10

13.7

7

Netherlands

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.

.

.

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.

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New Zealand

.

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.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Norway

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Russian Federation

446

30.8

37.5

10.1

15.3

6.4

15.3

0.3

0

6

14.9

15.6

Slovenia

430

16.7

30.7

10.3

39.2

3.1

39.2

0.2

0

2.9

36.4

41.5

South Africa

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Sweden

253

10.1

33.1

33.7

18.8

4.2

18.8

0

0

4.2

17.4

19.4

Switzerland

360

29.1

26.6

17.7

19.8

6.9

19.8

0

0

6.9

12.5

23.1

United States

759

24.5

23.8

25.6

25.1

1

25.1

0.4

0

0.7

24

26

INTERNATIONAL AVG

.

27.9

25.4

12.8

29.5

4.4

29.5

0.2

0.3

3.9

29

30.2