Where does your state, or nation rank? Advanced level of math proficiency

I had to turn the graphic on its side to fit it in here big enough that you can read it. Where does your state, or nation, rank in percentage of students achieving an advanced level of math proficiency? For U.S. citizens, this is not a pretty chart.

Source: The Atlantic, “Your Child Left Behind” and acccompanying charts, “Miseducation Nation,” November 2010.

Math proficiency, country and state comparisons, The Atlantic, 2010

Where does your state, or nation, rank?

Hey, at least we’re ahead of Tunisia and Kyrgyzstan.  Can your students find those nations on a map?  Do they know what continents to look in?

Tip of the old scrub brush to McLeod’s Cartoons.

8 Responses to Where does your state, or nation rank? Advanced level of math proficiency

  1. ulag says:

    That was a nice infographic. Ever wondered what makes US and Israeli societies so entrepreneur friendly? Its their history.


  2. Jim says:

    Hmmm. What do most of the “best” states have in common? Anyone notice?

    Massachusetts…Vermont…Minnesota…New Jersey…Washington…Connecticut…Oregon…

    Not that even THEY can’t do better. But my goodness. One does see how Mississippi so ably embraces the “Council of Conservative Citizens” and how Oklahoma could produce titans of intellect like Senators Tom Coburn and James Inhofe. Phhhht.


  3. LIsa says:

    Ironic, isn’t it, that Nevada (at 3.1%) should rank so close to the bottom? If there was ever a state where mathematical skills would seem crucial (and particularly probability skills), Nevada would be that state. Nevada’s loss is…Nevada’s loss.


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  5. Ellie says:

    I’m happy that New York State’s students are not at the bottom of the list.


  6. Ed Darrell says:

    Thanks, Tommaso. Now that you mention it, yeah, I remember that move. (Worse for me, I had already changed the link on my blogroll. Doh!)

    Claire, yes, it’s Americans who came up with the graph — simple math, though, right?


  7. Claire says:

    Did Americans come up with this graph? Because if so then technically it is my duty to doubt its accuracy right?

    Haha thanks for sharing


  8. qdsgreek says:

    Hi Ed,

    in case you do not read my reply in qdepizwn.wordpress.com, I moved all my blogging activity in English to http://www.science20.com/quantum_diaries_survivor



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