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Topic: Why do so many of us hate math?
Replies: 174   Last Post: Jul 24, 2014 2:21 AM

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 israeliteknight Posts: 1,885 Registered: 5/12/11
Re: Why do so many of us hate math?
Posted: Jul 10, 2014 7:44 AM

"Things in the US educational system are apparently rather more dire than I had previously realised)."

What we know about the way PISA scores their math test is that if a student who knew nothing about math were to take this test, sign his name, answer a few non-math related questions, and guess at all the multiple choice math questions, they would score 338:

40% four part multiple choice questions = 240 points x 25% = 60 points
40% five part multiple choice questions = 240 points x 20% = 48 points
base score = 200 points
non math questions = 30 points

So when students in Kyrgyzstan score 299, and students in India score 315 on "reflect and evaluate", what do we know about their relative performance? Is this an indication of a difference in performance between these two school systems? It would be easier to measure the height of a class room where the average height is 6 feet, with a 3 foot rubber band, or to estimate the size of the Indian Ocean with a tea cup, or to estimate the top speed of a Boeing 777 by studying a train wreck.

>From a statistics point of view, these low scores are outliers which would normally be excluded, so why did PISA include them (particularly when they didn't even meet the international sampling requirements)?

Which might explain why there are excluded on the following list:

OECD average 494
Shanghai-China 613
Singapore 573
Hong Kong-China 561
Chinese Taipei 560
Korea, Republic of 554
Asian-Americans 549
Macao-China 538
Japan 536
Liechtenstein 535
Switzerland 531
Netherlands 523
Estonia 521
Finland 519
Poland 518
Belgium 515
Massachusetts-All Races 514
Germany 514
Vietnam 511
White Americans 506
Connecticut-All Races 506
Austria 506
Australia 504
Ireland 501
Slovenia 501
Denmark 500
New Zealand 500
Czech Republic 499
France 495
OECD Average 494
United Kingdom 494
Iceland 493
Multiracial Americans 492
Latvia 491
Luxembourg 490
Norway 489
Portugal 487
Italy 485
Spain 484
Russian Federation 482
Slovak Republic 482
United States 481
Lithuania 479
Sweden 478
Hungary 477
Croatia 471
Florida-All Races 467
Israel 466
Hispanic Americans 455
Greece 453
Serbia, Republic of 449
Turkey 448
Romania 445
Cyprus 440
Bulgaria 439
United Arab Emirates 434
Kazakhstan 432
Thailand 427
Chile 423
African Americans 421
Malaysia 421
Mexico 413
Montenegro, Republic of 410
Uruguay 409
Costa Rica 407
Albania 394
Brazil 391
Argentina 388
Tunisia 388
Jordan 386
Colombia 376
Qatar 376
Indonesia 375
Peru 368

Not included on that list

India 338
Kyrgyzstan 331

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