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1935 Eighth Grade (Nebraska) Examination

Here is the 1935 Eighth Grade Examination given in Nebraska.

A few things of note for the arithmetic portion.

Of the 10 questions:

  • 9 of the questions involve fractions, decimals, or percents.
  • 6 of the questions involve percents. Percents have always been, and continue to be, very important in our world and in mathematics.
  • 2 of the questions (20% of the 10 items) are on percent change.
  • The one question that is not involving fractions, decimals, or percents involves finding area (and using units).
  • 8 of the questions involve units (and are applied/real-world problems).

The more things change the more they stay the same. Fractions, decimals, or percents are used pervasively in our society, are a challenge for students, and success with them is a good indicator of mathematical understanding.