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Fourth Grade Mathematics NATIONS' AVERAGE MATHEMATICS PERFORMANCE COMPARED TO THE THE U.S.

NATIONS WITH AVERAGE SCORES SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN THE U.S.
NATIONAVERAGE
SINGAPORE625
KOREA611
JAPAN597
HONG KONG587
(NETHERLANDS)577
CZECH REPUBLIC567
(AUSTRIA)559

 

NATIONS WITH AVERAGE SCORES NOT SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT FROM THE U.S.
NATIONAVERAGE
(SLOVENIA)552
IRELAND550
(HUNGARY)548
(AUSTRALIA)546
UNITED STATES 545
CANADA532
(ISRAEL) 531

 

NATIONS WITH AVERAGE SCORES SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER THAN THE U.S.
NATIONAVERAGE
(LATVIA (LSS)) O525
SCOTLAND O520
ENGLAND * O513
CYPRUS502
NORWAY502
NEW ZEALAND499
GREECE492
(THAILAND)490
PORTUGAL475
ICELAND474
IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC429
(KUWAIT)400

 

INTERNATIONAL AVERAGE= 529

SOURCE: Mullis et al. (1996) Mathematics Achievement in the Primary School Years. Table 1.1. Boston College: Chestnut Hill, MA.

NOTES:

  1. Nations not meeting international guidelines are shown in parentheses.
  2. Nations in which more than ten percent of the population was excluded from testing are shown with a *. Latvia is designated LSS because only Latvian-speaking schools were tested, which represents less than 65 percent of the population.
  3. Nations in which a participation rate of 75 percent of the schools and students combined was achieved only after replacements for refusals were substituted, are shown with a O .
  4. The international average is the average of the national averages of the 26 nations.  

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