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US students finish last on 8-nation math test

American students made a poor showing by placing last in a math test given to sixth-grade students in eight industrialized nations. Results of the test, developed by the Times Herald (Dallas) in consultation with leading educators, provided the first international comparisons in a decade.

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The test was given to 600 students in the US, Australia, Canada, England, France, Japan, Switzerland, and Sweden. American students, who answered only 25 percent of the math questions correctly, were represented by a sampling from Preston Hollow Elementary, a public school in affluent north Dallas that ranks in the top 35 percent nationally.

Japanese students, who ranked at the top in math, scored 50 percent, the Times Herald reported. Swedish students scored best overall.

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