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Special Analysis 2009

Mathematics results for 4th- and 8th-graders

Table 4. Average TIMSS scores of fourth-grade students in mathematics, and cutpoint scores for bottom and top 10 percent of students in each jurisdiction, by jurisdiction: 2007
Jurisdiction TIMSS   Cutpoint score
Average score   Bottom 10 percent   Top 10 percent  
All jurisdictions 500 366 576
 
Hong Kong SAR1 607 520 691
Singapore 599 487 702
Chinese Taipei 576 488 663
Japan 568 471 663
Kazakhstan2 549 435   653
Russian Federation 544 436   647
England 541 429   647
Latvia2 537 444 628  
Netherlands3 535   454 612
Lithuania2 530   430   624  
United States4,5 529   430   625  
Germany 525   440   607
Denmark4 523   431   611
Australia 516 408 620  
Hungary 510 389 620  
Italy 507 406 601
Austria 505 416 590
Sweden 503 417 586
Slovenia 502 408 589
Armenia 500 385 617  
Slovak Republic 496 389 597
Scotland4 494 389 592
New Zealand 492 377 598
Czech Republic 486 392 576
Norway 473 372 566
Ukraine 469 356 573
Georgia2 438 322 549
Iran, Islamic Republic of 402 290 508
Algeria 378 261 493
Colombia 355 238 470
Morocco 341 223 466
El Salvador 330 212 448
Tunisia 327 178 469
Kuwait6 316 184 443
Qatar 296 179 413
Yemen 224 81 371
∆ Score is higher than U.S. score.
▼Score is lower than U.S. score.
1Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China.
2National Target Population did not include all of the International Target Population defined by the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
3Nearly satisfied guidelines for sample participation rates only after substitute schools were included.
4Met guidelines for sample participation rates only after substitute schools were included.
5National Defined Population covered 90 percent to 95 percent of National Target Population.
6Kuwait tested the same cohort of students as other countries, but later in the year, at the beginning of the next school year.
NOTE: Jurisdictions are ordered on the basis of average scores, from highest to lowest. Mathematics scores are reported on a scale from 0 to 1,000. A cutpoint score is the threshold score for an established level of performance.  The cutpoint scores for students in the top 10 percent is the 90th percentile score within the jurisdiction. The cutpoint score for students in the bottom 10 percent is the 10th percentile score within the jurisdiction. The tests for significance take into account the standard error for the reported difference. Thus, a small difference between the United States and one country may be significant while a large difference between the United States and another country may not be significant.
SOURCE: Gonzales, P., Williams, T., Jocelyn, L., Roey, S., Kastberg, D., and Brenwald, S. (2008). Highlights From TIMSS 2007: Mathematics and Science Achievement of U.S. Fourth- and Eighth-Grade Students in an International Context (NCES 2009-001), tables 3 and 9. National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
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