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Math Ability Internationally Tested

  1. Jan 5, 2005 #1
    Hi you all,

    In my journal i posted an entry with some links to the PISA-site. This organization conducted a survey by making a comparison of math aptitude of students in highschools throughout the entire world.

    Some of the top nations are Korea, Japan and Belgium :approve:
    The United States did not perform at all...please read the OFFICIAL document and see for yourselves...

    https://www.physicsforums.com/journal.php?s=&journalid=13790&action=view [Broken]

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  3. Jan 5, 2005 #2

    that isnt surprising.. why dont they have India or singapore listed?
  4. Jan 5, 2005 #3
    They are...you did not read the document thouroughly...Singapore is also among the top-countries...

  5. Jan 5, 2005 #4
    i must be blind coz i still cant find India in the pdf..i used the find function to search for INDIA but to no avail..

    checkedthe website.. participating countries for 2006 ( which is more than 2003 ) are :

    Argentina* Australia Austria
    Azerbaijan* Belgium Brazil*
    Bulgaria* Canada Chile*
    Colombia* Croatia* Czech Republic
    Denmark Estonia* Finland
    France Germany Greece
    Hong Kong-China* Hungary Iceland
    Indonesia* Ireland Israel*
    Italy Japan Jordan*
    Kazakhstan* Korea Kyrgyzstan*
    Latvia* Lithuania* Luxembourg
    Macao-China* Mexico The Netherlands
    New Zealand Norway Poland
    Portugal Qatar* Romania*
    Russian Federation* Serbia and Montenegro* Slovak Republic
    Slovenia* Spain Sweden
    Switzerland Chinese Taipei* Thailand*
    Tunisia* Turkey United Kingdom
    United States Uruguay*

    theres no india or singapore for that matter..
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  6. Jan 5, 2005 #5


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    India, China, Singapore, etc. were not included in the study.
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  7. Jan 5, 2005 #6
    There weren't Engliand either ?
    can you guys tell me who from US took the free trip to olymp for fun that time ?
  8. Jan 5, 2005 #7


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    Actually, UK was a part of the survey, but the number of responses was too small for statistical consistency.
  9. Jan 5, 2005 #8
    thats lame.... i heard singapore has an excellant education system which could mean that the mathematical ability of students is great ( coz of the good foundation ) .... i would think India and china would rank pretty good too
  10. Jan 5, 2005 #9
    I've taken part in several mathematics competitions within the South East Asian region, and I can tell you that the mathematical abilities of Singaporean students is outstanding. Just look at the results of this international competition.

    Singaporean (SIN) students make up around 8% of the competition's participants (numbering half a million), yet 5 out of the 13 perfect scorers for 2004 were Singaporeans. I don't even want to begin talking about Brunei... :frown:
  11. Jan 5, 2005 #10
    now that i think about it.... singapore has a small populatoin... so if compared to nations like China or India ( 1billion populatoin ) dont u think the smart ones would be more promiment in singapore as compared to the other 2 countries??

    so even if theres a % of people who are smart in singapore.. its still a small populatiion compared to india or china

    Dunno if the above post makes sense...lol .. however, would wanna know how can a fair comparison between countries of varying populations be done?
  12. Jan 6, 2005 #11
    Are you talking about the principle of diminishing returns as applied to countries?
  13. Jan 6, 2005 #12
    hmmm i dont think so..what im tryin to say is that in a small country like singapore there will be less diversity in terms of mathematical ability due to a smaller population( i.e. either the citizens would not be great in math or they would be... in singapores case, ofcourse, they are good at math ) as compared to countries like India and China which have 1+billion populationn... So how can a fair comparison be made?
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