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

NATIONS WITH AVERAGE SCORES SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN THE U.S.
NATIONAVERAGE
SINGAPORE643
KOREA607
JAPAN605
HONG KONG588
BELGIUM-FLEMISH O565
CZECH REPUBLIC564
SLOVAK REPUBLIC547
SWITZERLAND O545
(NETHERLANDS)541
(SLOVENIA)541
(BULGARIA)540
(AUSTRIA)539
FRANCE538
HUNGARY537
RUSSIAN FEDERATION535
(AUSTRALIA)530
IRELAND527
CANADA527
(BELGIUM-FRENCH)526
SWEDEN519

 

NATIONS WITH AVERAGE SCORES NOT SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT FROM THE U.S.
NATIONAVERAGE
(THAILAND)522
(ISRAEL) *522
(GERMANY) * O509
NEW ZEALAND508
ENGLAND * O506
NORWAY503
(DENMARK)502
UNITED STATES O500
(SCOTLAND)498
LATVIA (LSS) O493
SPAIN487
ICELAND487
(GREECE)484
(ROMANIA)482

 

NATIONS WITH AVERAGE SCORES SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER THAN THE U.S.
NATIONAVERAGE
LITHUANIA *477
CYPRUS474
PORTUGAL454
IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC428
(KUWAIT)392
(COLOMBIA)385
(SOUTH AFRICA)354

 

INTERNATIONAL AVERAGE= 513

SOURCE: Beaton et al. (1996) Mathematics achievement in the middle 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 10 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 41 nations.
  5. The country average for Sweden may appear to be out of place; however, statistically, its placement is correct.

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