Journal article

Gender Differences in Large-Scale Math Assessments: PISA Trend 2000 and 2003

Ou Lydia Liu, Mark Wilson

APPLIED MEASUREMENT IN EDUCATION | LAWRENCE ERLBAUM ASSOC INC-TAYLOR & FRANCIS | Published : 2009

Abstract

Many efforts have been made to determine and explain differential gender performance on large-scale mathematics assessments. A well-agreed-on conclusion is that gender differences are contextualized and vary across math domains. This study investigated the pattern of gender differences by item domain (e.g., Space and Shape, Quantity) and item type (e.g., multiple-choice i items, open constructed-response items). The U.S. portion of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2000 and 2003 mathematics assessment was analyzed. A multidimensional Rasch model was used to provide student ability estimates for each comparison. Results revealed a slight but consistent male advantage. ..

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