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How are students in the U.S. doing in math compared to other countries?  

 

 

"The results showed that several Asian countries continued to outperform the United States greatly in science and math, subjects that are crucial to economic competitiveness and research."

 "Nearly half of eighth graders scored at the advanced level in math in Taiwan, Korea and Singapore, compared with 6 percent of American students."
 
“It was good to see that the United States has made some progress in math,” said Ina V. S. Mullis, co-director of the Boston College center, “but I was surprised by the magnitude of the gap between us and the highest performing Asian countries, and that should cause us some concern.” 

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TIMSS: Third International Math and Science Study: Excerpts from the USDOE report

(Click 4th grade, 8th grade, and 12th grade  to see "U.S. vs. the World" tables)

"[The] Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is the largest, most comprehensive, and most rigorous international study of schools and students ever conducted . . . .

"At the 4th grade, U.S. students . . . were above the international average in mathematics........ Fourth Grade (26 nations): U.S. students score above the international average in mathematics, outperformed by only 7 countries. If an international talent search were to select the top 10 percent of all fourth graders, 9 percent of U.S. fourth graders would be included in mathematics."

In the 8th grade, U.S. students scored . . . below the international average in mathematics. ........ Eighth grade (41 nations): U.S. students score below the international average in mathematics. . . . If an international talent search were to select the top 10 percent of all eighth graders, only 5 percent of U.S. eighth graders would be included in mathematics."

By the 12th grade, U.S. performance was significantly lower relative to the international average in both science and mathematics, even among our most advanced students. . . .Twelfth grade: U.S. twelfth graders scored below the international average and among the lowest of the 21 participating nations. The U.S. outperformed only South Africa and Cyprus. . . .

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