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Table 7. Average TIMSS scores of fourth-grade students in science, 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 500 359 586
 
Singapore 587 464 701
Chinese Taipei 557 457 653
Hong Kong SAR1 554 466 637  
Japan 548 459 633
Russian Federation 546   443 646  
Latvia2 542   454 625
England 542   438   641  
United States3,4 539   427   643  
Hungary 536   425   637  
Italy 535   429   636  
Kazakhstan2 533   433   623
Germany 528 427   623
Australia 527 423   626
Slovak Republic 526 416   627
Austria 526 423   620
Sweden 525 429   617
Netherlands5 523 445 598
Slovenia 518 416 610
Denmark3 517 417   610
Czech Republic 515 416 610
Lithuania2 514 428   595
New Zealand 504 382 614
Scotland3 500 400 593
Armenia 484 336 640  
Norway 477 374 570
Ukraine 474 364 576
Iran, Islamic Republic of 436 304 558
Georgia2 418 306 524
Colombia 400 271 522
El Salvador 390 267 507
Algeria 354 220 483
Kuwait6 348 182 505
Tunisia 318 119 497
Morocco 297 139 465
Qatar 294 121 464
Yemen 197 20 379
∆ Score is higher than U.S. score.
▼Score is lower than U.S. score.
1 Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China.
2 National Target Population does not include all of the International Target Population defined by the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
3 Met guidelines for sample participation rates only after substitute schools were included.
4 National Defined Population covers 90 percent to 95 percent of National Target Population.
5 Nearly satisfied guidelines for sample participation rates only after substitute schools were included.
6 Kuwait 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. Science 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 11 and 17. National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
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