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Table 8. Average TIMSS scores of eighth-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 500 352 573
 
Singapore 567 421   694
Chinese Taipei 561 439 665
Japan 554 454 648
Korea, Republic of 553 452 646
England1 542 427 649
Hungary 539 437 635
Czech Republic 539 447 630  
Slovenia 538 442 628  
Hong Kong SAR1,2 530   419   625  
Russian Federation 530 427 627  
United States1,3 520   410   623  
Lithuania4 519   414   616  
Australia 515   410   617  
Sweden 511 405   608
Scotland1 496 388 597
Italy 495 393 590
Armenia 488 366 612  
Norway 487 389 578
Ukraine 485 374 588
Jordan 482 349 601
Malaysia 471 357 581
Thailand 471 363 578
Serbia3,4 470 359 571
Bulgaria5 470 330 595
Israel5 468 329 591
Bahrain 467 351 575
Bosnia and Herzegovina 466 359 565
Romania 462 345 572
Iran, Islamic Republic of 459 355 566
Malta 457 298 595
Turkey 454 336 577
Syrian Arab Republic 452 355 546
Cyprus 452 339 556
Tunisia 445 367 524
Indonesia 427 330 520
Oman 423 293 541
Georgia4 421 309 527
Kuwait6 418 298 530
Colombia 417 319 514
Lebanon 414 284 539
Egypt 408 275 537
Algeria 408 327 488
Palestinian National Authority 404 255 543
Saudi Arabia 403 300 503
El Salvador 387 298 477
Botswana 355 220 478
Qatar 319 146 480
Ghana 303 163 445
∆ Score is higher than U.S. score.
▼ Score is lower than U.S. score.
1 Met guidelines for sample participation rates only after substitute schools were included.
2 Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China.
3 National Defined Population covers 90 percent to 95 percent of National Target Population.
4 National Target Population does not include all of the International Target Population defined by the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
5 National Defined Population covers less than 90 percent of National Target Population (but at least 77 percent).
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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