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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2010-015
July 2010


Table 12b.

Average scores among 4th-graders on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), by participating country and race/ethnicity in the United States: 2007


Mathematics   Science
Country and race/ethnicity Average score   Country and race/ethnicity Average score
TIMSS scale average 500   TIMSS scale average 500
United States1,2,3 529   United States1,2,3 539
White 550   White 567
Black 482   Black 488
Hispanic 504   Hispanic 502
Asian 582   Asian 573
Two or more races 534   Two or more races 550
         
Countries whose scores were higher than the U.S. score     Countries whose scores were higher than the U.S. score  
Hong Kong SAR4 607   Singapore 587
Singapore 599   Chinese Taipei 557
Chinese Taipei 576   Hong Kong SAR4 554
Japan 568   Japan 548
Kazakhstan5 549      
Russian Federation 544   Countries whose scores were not measurably different from the U.S. score
England 541  
Latvia5 537   Russian Federation 546
      Latvia5 542
Countries whose scores were not measurably different from the U.S. score   England 542
  Hungary 536
Netherlands6 535   Italy 535
Lithuania5 530   Kazakhstan5 533
Germany 525      
Denmark1 523   Countries whose scores were lower than the U.S. score  
      Germany 528
Countries whose scores were lower than the U.S. score     Australia 527
Australia 516   Slovak Republic 526
Hungary 510   Austria 526
Italy 507   Sweden 525
Austria 505   Netherlands6 523
Sweden 503   Slovenia 518
Slovenia 502   Denmark1 517
Armenia 500   Czech Republic 515
Slovak Republic 496   Lithuania5 514
Scotland1 494   New Zealand 504
New Zealand 492   Scotland1 500
Czech Republic 486   Armenia 484
Norway 473   Norway 477
Ukraine 469   Ukraine 474
Georgia5 438   Iran, Islamic Republic of 436
Iran, Islamic Republic of 402   Georgia5 418
Algeria 378   Colombia 400
Colombia 355   El Salvador 390
Morocco 341   Algeria 354
El Salvador 330   Kuwait7 348
Tunisia 327   Tunisia 318
Kuwait7 316   Morocco 297
Qatar 296   Qatar 294
Yemen 224   Yemen 197
1 Met guidelines for sample participation rates only after substitute schools were included.
2 National Defined Population covers 90 percent to 95 percent of National Target Population.
3 Includes other races/ethnicities not separately shown.
4 Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China.
5 National Target Population does not include all of the International Target Population defined by TIMSS.
6 Nearly satisfied guidelines for sample participation rates only after substitute schools were included.
7 Kuwait tested the same cohort of students as other countries, but later in 2007, at the beginning of the next school year.
NOTE: Scores are reported on a scale of 0 to 1,000. 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 larger difference between the United States and another country may not be significant. For more information on the international requirements for sampling, data collection, and participation rates, see Highlights From TIMSS 2007: Mathematics and Science Achievement of U.S. Fourth- and Eighth-Grade Students in an International Context, Appendix A (Gonzales et al. 2008) for information.
SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 2007.
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