New Zealand's worrying maths results

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How good are New Zealand students at maths?
A recent study completed last December placed New Zealand 9-year-olds below average in their maths ability in a study done on developed countries. The test found that half of the 9 year old pupils could not add 218 and 191.
With such results Education Minister Hekia Parata is considering a return to basic arithmetic for primary school children in an attempt to ensure all students can add.
The test was called the International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the results were not the best for New Zealand’s education.
We think most New Zealand students are pretty good at maths. We would like as many students to try a quick maths test. Check out the picture below and see how many multiplication questions you can answer in a minute, working across the rows from left to right. once you have completed the questions put the number you got right in the comment section.
maths questions
If you scored 60 or more, congratulations. Anything over 40 is good and 25-30 is seen by most parents as satisfactory for 9-year-old children. If you scored below 25, you need to practise your times tables.

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