Item CL033002: For places that are north of the topical region, the maximum height the sun reaches in the sky increases each day for six months and then decreases each day for the next six months.

Which of the following statements is TRUE about changes in the Sun’s daily maximum height in the sky at Place 1 shown below starting on a day in late December (the first day of winter)?

  1. The maximum height the sun reaches in the sky increases each day over the next 12 months.
  2. The maximum height the sun reaches in the sky decreases each day over the course of the next 12 months.
  3. The maximum height the sun reaches in the sky increases each day for six months and then decreases each day for the next six months.
  4. The maximum height the sun reaches in the sky does not change.

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Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item CL033002

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall35%
Grades 6–831%
Grades 9–1240%
Male36%
Female35%
Primary Language is English36%
Primary Language is not English30%

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