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Table 401. -  Average size of 8th-grade mathematics classes, and frequency teachers assign mathematics homework, by country: 1994-95
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                        |Average size of mathematics classes       |Percent of students, by frequency and average length of mathematics assignments
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        Country         |__________________________________________|_______________________________________________________________________________
                        |            |         |         |         |Never       |Assigning homework   |Assigning homework   |Assigning homework
                        |  1 to 20   |21 to 30 |31 to 40 |41 or mor|assigning   |less than once a week|once or twice a week |3 or more times a week
                        |  students  |students |students |students |homework    |_____________________|_____________________|______________________
                        |            |         |         |         |            |30 minutes|More than |30 minutes|More than |30 minutes|More than
                        |            |         |         |         |            |or less   |30 minutes|or less   |30 minutes|or less   |30 minutes
________________________|____________|_________|_________|_________|____________|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________|___________
           1            |      2     |    3    |   4     |    5    |    6       |    7     |    8     |    9     |    10    |    11    |    12
________________________|____________|_________|_________|_________|____________|__________|__________|__________|__________|__________|___________
Australia\1\ ...........|\2\ 13 (2.4)| 71 (3.3)| 16 (2.6)|  1 (0.5)|\2\ 1 (0.8) | 6 (1.6)  |  0 (0.2) | 21 (2.6) |   4 (1.9)|  62 (3.4)| 5 (1.7)
Austria\1\ .............|    --- --- |---  --- |---  --- |---  --- |\2\ 0 (0.0) | 1 (0.5)  |  0 (0.0) | 24 (4.4) |   3 (1.4)|  63 (5.0)|10 (2.1)
Belgium (Flemish) ......|    49 (3.6)| 51 (3.6)|  0 (0.0)|  0 (0.0)|    0 (0.0) |17 (3.5)  |  2 (1.1) | 52 (4.8) |  10 (2.6)|  15 (2.9)| 5 (2.1)
Belgium (French)\1\ ....|\3\ 43 (5.3)| 57 (5.3)|  0 (0.0)|  0 (0.0)|    1 (1.2) | 2 (1.4)  |  0 (0.0) | 30 (5.1) |   5 (2.2)|  55 (5.5)| 7 (2.8)
Bulgaria\1\ ............|    --- --- |---  --- |---  --- |---  --- |   ---  --- |---   --- |---   --- |---   --- | ---  --- | ---  --- |---  ---
                        |            |         |         |         |            |          |          |          |          |          |
Canada .................|\2\ 11 (2.1)| 65 (4.0)| 23 (3.6)|  1 (0.5)|\2\ 2 (1.1) | 2 (0.9)  |  1 (0.7) | 22 (3.4) |   2 (0.9)|  59 (3.7)|13 (2.7)
Colombia\1\ ............|\2\ 16 (4.2)|  6 (2.2)| 29 (4.0)| 48 (4.6)|    0 (0.0) | 1 (0.9)  |  1 (0.8) | 17 (4.7) |  13 (2.9)|  29 (4.2)|39 (4.2)
Cyprus .................|     1 (0.0)| 37 (3.9)| 62 (3.9)|  0 (0.0)|\2\ 0 (0.0) | 0 (0.0)  |  0 (0.0) |  0 (0.0) |   0 (0.0)|  50 (5.3)|50 (5.3)
Czech Republic .........|    13 (3.3)| 77 (5.3)| 11 (4.5)|  0 (0.0)|    0 (0.4) |14 (4.5)  |  0 (0.0) | 62 (5.2) |   0 (0.3)|  23 (3.5)| 1 (0.6)
Denmark\1\ .............|\2\ 49 (4.8)| 51 (4.8)|  0 (0.0)|  0 (0.0)|    0 (0.0) | 4 (1.8)  |  0 (0.0) | 42 (4.7) |   3 (1.6)|  49 (5.2)| 2 (1.0)
                        |            |         |         |         |            |          |          |          |          |          |
England\1\ .............|\3\ 18 (3.1)| 62 (3.7)| 20 (3.4)|  0 (0.0)|    0 (0.0) | 3 (1.0)  |  1 (0.6) | 44 (3.8) |  47 (3.7)|   3 (1.4)| 2 (1.1)
France .................|    11 (2.6)| 86 (2.9)|  3 (1.8)|  0 (0.0)|    0 (0.0) | 0 (0.0)  |  2 (0.9) |  7 (2.5) |   4 (1.2)|  77 (3.9)|10 (2.8)
Germany ................|\3\ 25 (4.4)| 72 (4.5)|  3 (1.8)|  0 (0.0)|    1 (1.4) | 1 (1.4)  |  0 (0.0) | 22 (4.4) |   0 (0.0)|  73 (5.0)| 3 (1.8)
Greece\1\ ..............|     9 (2.3)| 64 (4.4)| 27 (3.9)|  0 (0.0)|    0 (0.0) | 1 (0.9)  |  0 (0.0) |  0 (0.0) |   0 (0.2)|  31 (3.4)|67 (3.5)
Hong Kong ..............|     3 (1.9)|  4 (2.2)| 56 (5.7)| 37 (5.9)|    1 (1.4) | 4 (2.2)  |  3 (1.8) | 25 (4.7) |  15 (4.1)|  38 (6.0)|14 (4.1)
                        |            |         |         |         |            |          |          |          |          |          |
Hungary ................|    37 (4.0)| 57 (4.1)|  6 (2.2)|  0 (0.0)|    0 (0.0) | 1 (0.7)  |  0 (0.0) |  2 (1.3) |   0 (0.0)|  82 (3.0)|15 (3.1)
Iceland ................|\2\ 36 (5.9)| 64 (5.9)|  0 (0.0)|  0 (0.0)|    0 (0.0) | 0 (0.0)  |  0 (0.0) |  5 (2.0) |   1 (1.0)|  75 (5.5)|19 (5.5)
Iran, Islamic Republic .|\2\  1 (0.9)| 26 (4.5)| 54 (5.3)| 19 (4.4)|    0 (0.0) | 1 (0.5)  |  3 (1.4) | 10 (3.0) |  59 (4.4)|   2 (1.1)|26 (4.3)
Ireland ................|\2\ 12 (2.7)| 68 (4.5)| 20 (3.9)|  0 (0.0)|    0 (0.0) | 0 (0.0)  |  0 (0.0) |  1 (0.9) |   0 (0.0)|  94 (2.2)| 5 (2.0)
Israel\1\ ..............|\2\ 14 (5.1)| 36 (7.4)| 49 (9.1)|  2 (1.6)|\2\ 0 (0.0) | 1 (1.2)  |  0 (0.0) |  3 (2.2) |   0 (0.0)|  48 (7.1)|48 (6.8)
                        |            |         |         |         |            |          |          |          |          |          |
Japan ..................|     0 (0.2)|  4 (1.4)| 88 (2.0)|  8 (1.5)|    0 (0.0) |27 (4.0)  |  4 (1.7) | 37 (3.7) |  10 (2.3)|  16 (2.9)| 6 (1.5)
Korea ..................|     2 (1.2)|  1 (1.0)|  4 (1.5)| 93 (2.0)|    0 (0.0) | 5 (1.6)  |  8 (2.2) | 27 (3.7) |  21 (3.3)|  21 (3.2)|18 (3.4)
Kuwait\1\ ..............|     0 (0.0)| 49 (6.5)| 49 (6.3)|  2 (1.9)|    0 (0.0) | 0 (0.0)  |  0 (0.0) | 19 (6.1) |   2 (2.0)|  60 (8.3)|18 (6.0)
Latvia (Latvian-        |            |         |         |         |            |          |          |          |          |          |
 speaking schools)\1\ ..|\2\ 41 (4.0)| 51 (3.8)|  4 (2.1)|  4 (2.0)|    0 (0.0) | 0 (0.0)  |  0 (0.0) |  8 (2.8) |   1 (0.9)|  83 (3.9)| 9 (2.4)
Lithuania\1\ ...........|\2\ 43 (3.8)| 54 (3.7)|  3 (1.6)|  0 (0.0)|    0 (0.0) | 0 (0.0)  |  0 (0.0) |  2 (1.3) |   0 (0.0)|  76 (3.9)|22 (3.9)
                        |            |         |         |         |            |          |          |          |          |          |
Netherlands\1\ .........|    16 (4.7)| 77 (5.6)|  7 (3.6)|  0 (0.0)|    1 (1.2) | 1 (0.9)  |  0 (0.0) | 12 (3.5) |   2 (1.4)|  81 (4.2)| 4 (2.2)
New Zealand ............|    11 (2.2)| 68 (3.8)| 21 (3.1)|  0 (0.0)|    0 (0.0) | 5 (1.9)  |  2 (0.1) | 34 (4.3) |   4 (1.5)|  54 (4.2)| 2 (1.2)
Norway .................|\2\ 20 (3.5)| 79 (3.7)|  1 (0.5)|  1 (0.8)|\2\ 0 (0.0) | 0 (0.0)  |  0 (0.0) |  7 (2.7) |   8 (2.7)|  67 (4.3)|18 (4.0)
Portugal ...............|    12 (2.8)| 80 (3.7)|  7 (2.6)|  0 (0.0)|    0 (0.0) | 1 (0.9)  |  1 (0.5) | 30 (4.0) |   2 (1.1)|  57 (4.1)| 9 (2.4)
Romania\1\ .............|    23 (2.7)| 51 (4.3)| 24 (4.1)|  2 (1.2)|    0 (0.0) | 0 (0.0)  |  0 (0.0) |  1 (0.8) |   1 (0.6)|  11 (2.8)|87 (2.8)
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Russian Federation .....|    15 (2.7)| 75 (3.6)|  9 (2.3)|  0 (0.0)|    0 (0.0) | 0 (0.0)  |  0 (0.0) |  2 (0.9) |   1 (0.8)|  42 (3.5)|55 (3.4)
Scotland\1\ ............|\2\ 12 (2.8)| 80 (3.8)|  8 (2.7)|  0 (0.0)|\2\ 0 (0.4) |20 (4.3)  |  4 (2.0) | 46 (5.1) |   6 (2.3)|  24 (4.1)| 0 (0.0)
Singapore ..............|     1 (0.7)| 10 (2.5)| 72 (4.3)| 18 (4.0)|    0 (0.0) | 1 (0.9)  |  0 (0.0) |  3 (1.5) |  11 (3.1)|  26 (4.1)|58 (4.5)
Slovak Republic ........|    15 (2.8)| 67 (4.2)| 19 (3.6)|  0 (0.0)|    0 (0.0) | 1 (0.9)  |  0 (0.0) | 12 (2.8) |   1 (0.7)|  83 (3.4)| 4 (1.7)
Slovenia\1\ ............|\2\ 15 (3.1)| 80 (3.6)|  5 (1.8)|  0 (0.0)|\2\ 0 (0.0) | 0 (0.0)  |  0 (0.0) |  2 (1.4) |   0 (0.0)|  74 (4.4)|24 (4.2)
                        |            |         |         |         |            |          |          |          |          |          |
South Africa\1\ ........|    --- --- |---  --- |---  --- |---  --- |   ---  --- |---   --- |---   --- |---   --- | ---  --- | ---  --- |---  ---
Spain ..................|\2\ 13 (2.8)| 48 (4.0)| 36 (4.2)|  4 (1.7)|\2\ 0 (0.0) | 4 (1.6)  |  0 (0.0) | 18 (3.3) |   9 (2.7)|  47 (4.4)|22 (3.7)
Sweden .................|\2\ 36 (3.9)| 61 (4.0)|  2 (1.2)|  0 (0.0)|\2\ 0 (0.4) |19 (3.0)  |  7 (1.9) | 45 (4.0) |  26 (3.3)|   2 (1.2)| 1 (1.2)
Switzerland\1\ .........|\3\ 56 (4.5)| 44 (4.5)|  0 (0.0)|  0 (0.0)|    0 (0.0) | 1 (0.4)  |  1 (0.3) | 26 (4.2) |   4 (1.5)|  61 (4.4)| 6 (2.3)
Thailand\1\ ............|    --- --- |---  --- |---  --- |---  --- |\2\ 0 (0.0) | 0 (0.0)  |  0 (0.0) |  6 (3.5) |  20 (4.8)|  16 (4.7)|58 (6.6)
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United States ..........|\3\ 24 (3.0)| 59 (3.9)| 12 (2.2)|  4 (1.8)|\2\ 0 (0.1) | 3 (1.3)  |  0 (0.0) |  7 (1.8) |   3 (0.9)|  64 (2.9)|23 (3.1)
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\1\Countries not meeting all International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement's sampling specifications.
\2\Teacher response data available for 70 to 84 percent of students.
\3\Teacher response data available for 50 to 69 percent of students.
---Data not available or not applicable.

NOTE.--Data are for 8th grade or equivalent in most countries. Standard errors appear in parentheses.

SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, Mathematics Achievement in the Middle School Years: IEA's Third International Mathematics and Science Study, 1997, by Albert E. Beaton et al. Copyright @ 1996 Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. (This table was prepared June 1997.)


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