Eliminating fatherlessness

TIMSS Math Item K10

 

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Question K10 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 more than 16% lower than if they had just guessed.

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THIRD INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE STUDY - 1995 ASSESSMENT May 13, 1998 41

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

Item: K10 KEY: C

ANGLE INSCRIBED BY FIGURES INSIDE A SEMICIRCLE (Geometry)

Difficulty: 741

OTHER

INCOR

NOT

1. GIRL

2. BOY

COUNTRY

N

A

B

C

D

RECT

DIFF

INVALID

REACHED

OMIT

% Right

% Right

Australia

174

47.9

28.2

16.7

3.3

3.9

16.7

0

0

3.9

13.4

19.2

Austria

202

36.8

35.4

19.2

3.9

4.7

19.2

0

0.8

3.8

19.1

18.5

Canada

807

43.2

38.7

15.1

2.1

0.8

15.1

0.3

0

0.6

18.5

12.3

Cyprus

110

27.1

43.9

19.9

4.5

4.7

19.9

0

0

4.7

23.1

18.4

Czech Republic

272

25.7

36.8

33.3

1.7

2.6

33.3

0.7

0

1.9

32.9

33.8

Denmark

422

45.4

28.5

18.2

2.2

5.7

18.2

1.2

1

3.5

15

20.2

France

259

37.4

20.5

34.7

2.6

4.9

34.7

0.2

0

4.7

32.7

36.1

Germany

733

41.5

26.4

23.9

2.1

6.2

23.9

1.2

0.7

4.3

22.9

25.4

Greece

109

28

48.9

12.5

2.1

8.4

12.5

0

0.9

7.6

13.3

12.1

Hungary

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.

.

.

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Iceland

.

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.

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.

.

.

.

.

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.

.

Israel

206

31.6

39.8

20.9

2.9

4.9

20.9

0

2.4

2.4

22.2

21.4

Italy

121

36.7

28.5

19.5

3.3

11.9

19.5

0

5.3

6.6

20.4

18.9

Latvia (LSS)

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Lithuania

249

49.7

25.6

15.6

0.6

8.4

15.6

0

0

8.4

13.2

17.9

Netherlands

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

New Zealand

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Norway

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Russian Federation

445

32.6

35.5

21.9

2.2

7.7

21.9

0

0.5

7.3

18.1

25.9

Slovenia

430

43.9

25.8

22.5

0.4

7.3

22.5

0.2

0.4

6.8

26

19.2

South Africa

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Sweden

253

41.5

23.8

25.5

7.1

2

25.5

0

0

2

20

27.7

Switzerland

360

34.9

25.9

33.7

1.1

4.4

33.7

0.1

0.1

4.2

33.7

34.2

United States

759

44.7

43.6

8.6

1.4

1.7

8.6

0

0

1.7

8.5

8.7

INTERNATIONAL AVG

.

38.2

32.7

21.3

2.6

5.3

21.3

0.2

0.7

4.4

20.8

21.8

US adjusted for guesses

-16.5

-16.3