Item CL040002: In the northern hemisphere, the maximum height the sun reaches in the sky is greater in the summer than in the winter.

One day in the winter, a girl who lives in the continental United States noticed that as the sun moved across the sky, the maximum height it reached was the top of a building next door to her house.

What will the girl see if she watches the sun move across the sky during a day in the summer?

  1. The maximum height of the sun will be above the top of the building.
  2. The maximum height of the sun will be below the top of the building.
  3. The maximum height of the sun will be the same as it was in the winter.
  4. The maximum height of the sun depends on where she is in the United States. In some places the sun will be higher in the summer than in the winter, and in some places it would be lower.

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item CL040002

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall44%
Grades 6–842%
Grades 9–1246%
Male43%
Female46%
Primary Language is English45%
Primary Language is not English36%

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