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Education in States and Nations: 1991

(ESN) Table 19a: Percentage of schools where 13-year-old students are assigned to math classes based on ability, percentage of 13-year-old students who do group problem-solving in math class at least once a week, and percentage of 13-year-old students who take a math test or quiz at least once a week, by country: 1991

                      Percent of schools   Percent of students     Percent of 
                      where math classes          who do group   students who 
Country                        are based       problem-solving take math test 
                              on ability         at least once  at least once
                                                      per week       per week
Sao Paulo and Fortaleza, Brazil        30                   65           50
Canada                                 10                   40           53
China                                   3                   68           63
England                                92                   44           28
France                                 27                   31           64
Hungary                                 0                   55           17
Ireland                                67                   42           19
Israel                                 74                   48           36
Emilia Romagna, Italy                  17                   78           19
Jordan                                  5                   83           68
Korea                                   0                   28           28
Portugal                                6                   51           21
Scotland                               16                   27           17
Soviet Union                           18                   54           52
Slovenia                                2                   43           28
Spain                                   3                   63           31
Switzerland                            18                   47           40
Taiwan                                 63                   38           87
United States                          56                   49           68

NOTE: Differences exist in the samples of students questioned that may account for a difference in results between the United States' averages on the two questionnaire administrations, the IAEP and the NAEP. See supplemental note to Indicator 19 for details on data and sample sizes from Canada, Emilia Romagna (Italy), England, Israel, Portugal, Scotland, the Soviet Union, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States; for discussions of the frequency of ability grouping, working in small groups, and classroom testing; the International Assessment of Educational Progress (IAEP); the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP); and comparing questionnaire results of the IAEP and the NAEP.

SOURCE: Educational Testing Service, International Assessment of Educational Progress, Learning Mathematics, Figures 3.1 and 3.5.

Figure 19 Processes and Institutions Indicators Table 19b
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