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Special Analysis 2009

Mathematics results for 4th- and 8th-graders

Table 5. Average TIMSS scores of eighth-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 500 339 559
 
Chinese Taipei 598 448 721
Korea, Republic of 597 475 711
Singapore 593 463 706
Hong Kong SAR1,2 572 438   681
Japan 570 460 677
Hungary 517   405   624
England1 513   400   618  
Russian Federation 512   402   617  
United States1,3 508   408   607  
Lithuania4 506   402   609  
Czech Republic 504   408   599  
Slovenia 501 409   594
Armenia 499 390 601  
Australia 496 394   600  
Sweden 491 399   582
Malta 488 359 597
Scotland1 487 381 590
Serbia3,4 486 368 597  
Italy 480 381 574
Malaysia 474 372 578
Norway 469 382 552
Cyprus 465 347 575
Bulgaria 464 324 586
Israel5 463 328 584
Ukraine 462 346 572
Romania 461 328 587
Bosnia and Herzegovina 456 352 552
Lebanon 449 354 549
Thailand 441 327 562
Turkey 432 297 581
Jordan 427 290 556
Tunisia 420 336 508
Georgia4 410 280 532
Iran, Islamic Republic of 403 295 516
Bahrain 398 289 505
Indonesia 397 286 509
Syrian Arab Republic 395 290 502
Egypt 391 258 521
Algeria 387 311 465
Colombia 380 281 477
Oman 372 245 492
Palestinian National Authority 367 233 498
Botswana 364 264 460
Kuwait6 354 252 455
El Salvador 340 248 433
Saudi Arabia 329 231 429
Ghana 309 192 428
Qatar 307 186 427
∆ Score is higher than U.S. score.
▼Score is lower than U.S. score.
1Met guidelines for sample participation rates only after substitute schools were included.
2Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China.
3National Defined Population covered 90 percent to 95 percent of National Target Population.
4National Target Population did not include all of the International Target Population defined by the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
5National Defined Population covered less than 90 percent of National Target Population (but at least 77 percent).
6Kuwait tested the same cohort of students as other countries, but later in 2007, 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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