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Table C.3.03b. IEA: Trends in weekly intended and implemented instructional time for TIMSS eighth-grade mathematics, by country: 2007

  Intended time prescribed in the curriculum   Time implemented in schools
  Total hours of instructional time per week   Mathematics instructional time as a percent of total instructional time   Total hours of instructional
Time per Week
  Mathematics instructional time as a percent of total instructional time
Country     2007 Hours   s.e. Difference from 2003   s.e.     2007 Percent   s.e. Difference from 2003   s.e.  
International average 27   14   28   0.1 #       12   # #    
                                       
Algeria 30   17   36 1  0.5       13 2  0.4    
Armenia 27   20   31 1  0.6 -2 ! 0.7   11   0.4    
Australia 25   17   26   0.2 #       13 1  0.2    
Bahrain 31   17   28   # 3   #   9 1  0.3 -7   0.3
Bosnia and Herzegovina 26   10   29   0.9       11 1  0.3    
                                       
Botswana 30   13   30 2  0.6 2 ! 0.8   13 1  0.3    
Bulgaria 32   12   24   0.4 -2   0.5   12 1  0.3 #    
Chinese Taipei 25   15   29   0.3       14   0.2 1   0.3
Colombia 30   3  31   0.4       12 1  0.7    
Cyprus 26   8   26 1  # -1   #   8 2  # #    
                                       
Czech Republic 23   13   24   0.3       14 1  0.2    
Egypt 26   14   32   0.4 1 ! 0.6   8   0.4    
El Salvador 19   20   23   0.6       17   0.5    
England 25   12   26 2  0.2 #       12   0.2    
Georgia 23   12   24   0.4       13   0.2    
                                       
Ghana 27   14   28 1  0.4 1 ! 0.6   13   0.5    
Hong Kong SAR 27   13   28   0.3 #       14 2  0.4    
Hungary 21   11   22 1  0.3 -7   0.3   13 2  0.2 2   0.3
Indonesia 32   10   34 1  0.6 #       11 2  0.3 -2   0.4
Iran, Islamic Rep. of 31   12   27   0.2 -2   0.4   11 2  0.3 -1 ! 0.5
                                       
Israel 23   17   32   0.6 #       12 2  0.3    
Italy 30   15   31 1  0.4 #       13 1  0.2 #    
Japan 23   11   25   0.2 -3   0.3   10   0.1 1   0.2
Jordan 26   15   28   0.3 3   0.4   14   0.2 1   0.2
Korea, Rep. of 26   12   29   0.4 -7   0.4   11 2  0.2 3   0.2
                                       
Kuwait 30   14   26 1  0.4       6 2  0.6    
Lebanon 35   16   30 1  0.3            
Lithuania 23   13   24   0.3 -3   0.4   13 1  0.2 1   0.2
Malaysia 29   11   30   0.3 3   0.3   11   0.1 -1   0.2
Malta 27   14   27   #       13   #    
                                       
Mongolia 30   13                
Norway 23   12   23   # #       13   0.2 #    
Oman 27   20   27   0.4       15   0.5    
Palestinian Nat'l Auth. 20   14   26 1  0.3 -2   0.3   11 2  0.4 -3   0.5
Qatar 26   12   28 1  #       13 2  #    
                                       
Romania 24   13   26   0.3 -3   0.5   14 1  0.3 1 ! 0.4
Russian Federation 23   16   26   0.3 -1 ! 0.4   15 1  0.2    
Saudi Arabia   12   27 1  0.3       11 1  0.3    
Scotland 28   13   28 2  0.2 #       13 2  0.2    
Serbia 24   13   23 1  0.3       13 2  0.2 #    
                                       
Singapore 23   13   29   # -5   #   13   0.1 1   0.2
Slovenia 23   13   23   0.1 -5   0.2   13   0.1 2   0.1
Sweden 3  3  26   0.3     10 1  0.2  
Syrian Arab Republic 30   12   24   0.4       10   0.4    
Thailand 35   8   32   0.3       10   0.2    
                                       
Tunisia 32   13   39 1  0.7 8   0.8   10 1  0.2    
Turkey 20   13   27   0.9       11   0.3    
Ukraine 25   12   24   0.2       15   0.2    
United States 29   13   31   0.2 2   0.3   13 2  0.2 #    
Morocco3 28   13   37   1.0       11 1  0.6    
                                       
Benchmarking Participants                                      
Basque Country, Spain 30   10   30   0.2 #       12   0.2 #    
British Columbia, Canada 26   3  26   0.2       14 1  0.4    
Dubai, UAE 28   16   29 2  0.1            
Massachusetts, US 28     29   0.3       15   0.3    
Minnesota, US 29   4   30   0.5       13   0.4    
                                       
Ontario, Canada 25   3  26   0.2 #       16 1  0.3    
Quebec, Canada 25   17   26   0.2 #       16 1  0.3    
— Not available                                      
† Not applicable
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. (Estimates are unstable.)
‡ Reporting standards not met.
∆ 2007 significantly higher.
▼2007 significantly lower.
1Data are available for at least 70 but less than 85% of the students.
2Indicates data are available for at least 50 but less than 70% of the students.
3Did not satisfy guidelines for sample participation rates.
4Not prescribed by the curriculum.
Note: Intended instructional time provided by National Research Coordinators. Implemented instructional time for mathematics provided by teachers, and total instructional time provided by schools. For Norway, hours of intended instructional time is only an estimate and only prescribed for grades 1–7 and 8–10, not for single grades. Standard errors are noted by s.e.
SOURCE: Data from the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 2007. Mullis, I.V.S., Martin, M.O., and Foy, P. (2008). TIMSS 2007 International Mathematics Report: Findings from IEA's Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study at the Fourth and Eighth Grades, exhibit 5.1. Chestnut Hill, MA: Boston College
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