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Massachusetts student performance relative to international peers by subject, grade level, and selected student characteristics


Results

Massachusetts was one of two states (Minnesota being the other) that participated in the most recently released Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) in 2007.

The following analysis used the International Data Explorer, a web-based data tool on the NCES website which allows users to produce their own statistical analyses online, to compare the results of Massachusetts students with those of their peers around the world in mathematics and science at grades 4 and 8. Results are presented for average scores and percentage of students reaching the highest TIMSS international benchmark (the Advanced International Benchmark) for all students, as well as for the following subgroups of students: boys, girls, language minority students, and immigrant students. For more information about this analysis, see About This Analysis.

Results:

In mathematics at grade 4, two education systems (Hong Kong-China and Singapore) had average scores higher than Massachusetts; they also had higher percentages of students reaching the Advanced International Benchmark. Two education systems (Chinese Taipei and Japan) had average scores not measurably different from Massachusetts; the same two, in addition to Kazakhstan and Minnesota, had percentages of students reaching the Advanced International Benchmark not measurably different from Massachusetts. Among other grade 4 mathematics results:

-The grade 4 mathematics average score for language minority students was higher in Kazakhstan than in Massachusetts, though Kazakhstan's overall average was lower than in Massachusetts.

In mathematics at grade 8, five education systems (Chinese Taipei, Rep. of Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong-China, and Japan) had higher average scores than Massachusetts; the same set of education systems had higher percentages of 8th-graders reaching the Advanced International Benchmark. All other education systems had lower average scores and lower percentages of students reaching the Advanced International Benchmark. Among other grade 8 mathematics results:

-The grade 8 mathematics average scores for language minority students and immigrant students were higher in British Columbia-Ca. than in Massachusetts, though British Columbia's overall average was lower than in Massachusetts.

In science at grade 4, Singapore was the only education system with a higher average score or with a higher percentage of students reaching the Advanced benchmark than Massachusetts (Singapore was higher on both measures). Among other grade 4 science results:

-In addition to Singapore, only Kazakhstan had a higher average score than Massachusetts among language minority students and only Hong Kong-China had a higher average score among immigrant students.

In science at grade 8, no countries had measurably higher average scores than Massachusetts. Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Japan, and the Republic of Korea had average scores not measurably different from Massachusetts. Among other grade 8 science results:

-Singapore and Chinese Taipei had higher percentages of 8th-graders reaching the Advanced International Benchmark in science than Massachusetts.

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About the NCES International Data Explorer

This analysis was produced using the NCES International Data Explorer, a web-based data tool that allows users to quickly and easily produced tables, charts, and maps comparing the performance and educational contexts of students in the United States and countries around the world. The International Data Explorer is available at: http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/international/IDE

About This Analysis

This analysis compares the TIMSS performance of Massachusetts students in grades 4 and 8 with the performance of the United States as a whole, other countries and sub-national or non-national education systems that participated in TIMSS 2007, and the TIMSS Scale Average.

Comparisons are made on average scores in mathematics and science at grades 4 and 8 and on the percentage reaching the TIMSS Advanced International Benchmark. Those students reaching the Advanced International Benchmark achieved a TIMSS score of 625 or higher.

Comparisons are made for all students, boys, girls, language minority students (students who reported they spoke the language of the test at home "sometimes" or "never," as opposed to those students who reported speaking the test language at home "always" or "almost always"), and immigrant students (students who reported they were born outside of the country).

The TIMSS Scale Average is the mean score of participating countries in the first round of TIMSS (1995). TIMSS anchored its scale average in its first round in order to facilitate comparisons over time.

About the Data Sources

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an international comparative study of the mathematics and science achievement of fourth- and eighth-grade students. For more information on TIMSS, please visit: http://nces.ed.gov/TIMSS

Education systems participating in TIMSS 2007 included:

Grade 4: Alberta-Ca., Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Br. Columbia-Ca., Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Dubai-UAE, El Salvador, England-UK, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong-China, Hungary, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Massachusetts-USA, Minnesota-USA, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Ontario-Ca., Qatar, Quebec-Ca., Russian Fed., Scotland-UK, Singapore, Slovak Rep., Slovenia, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine, USA, Yemen

Grade 8: Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Bahrain, Basque Co.-Sp., Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Br. Columbia-Ca., Bulgaria, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Dubai-UAE, Egypt, El Salvador, England-UK, Georgia, Ghana, Hong Kong-China, Hungary, Indonesia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Rep. of Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Massachusetts-USA, Minnesota-USA, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Ontario-Ca., Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Qatar, Quebec-Ca., Romania, Russian Fed., Saudi Arabia, Scotland-UK, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Syrian Arab Rep., Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, USA

Excel File Excel Version
All students Boys (49%) Girls (51%) Students who speak the test language at home sometimes or never (7%)1 Students not born in the country (11%)1
Massachusetts average scores
572 578 567 530 535
Education systems higher than Massachusetts
Hong Kong-Ch., Singapore Hong Kong-Ch., Singapore Hong Kong-Ch., Singapore Singapore, Hong Kong-Ch., Kazakhstan Singapore, Hong Kong-Ch.
Education systems not measurably different from Massachusetts
Ch. Taipei, Japan Ch. Taipei, Japan Ch. Taipei, Japan, Kazakhstan Ch. Taipei, Russian Fed., Latvia, Netherlands, Quebec-Ca., Lithuania, Minnesota-USA Kazakhstan, Ch. Taipei
Education systems lower than Massachusetts
Minnesota-USA, Kazakhstan, Russian Fed., England-UK, Latvia, Netherlands, Lithuania, USA, Germany, Denmark, Quebec-Ca., Australia, Ontario-Ca., Hungary, Italy, Austria, Alberta-Ca., Br. Columbia-Ca., Sweden, Slovenia, Armenia, Slovak Rep., Scotland-UK, New Zealand, Czech Rep., Norway, Ukraine, Dubai-UAE, Georgia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Algeria, Colombia, Morocco, El Salvador, Tunisia, Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen Minnesota-USA, Kazakhstan, England-UK, Russian Fed., Netherlands, Latvia, USA, Germany, Lithuania, Denmark, Quebec-Ca., Australia, Ontario-Ca., Italy, Austria, Hungary, Alberta-Ca., Br. Columbia-Ca., Sweden, Slovenia, Slovak Rep., Scotland-UK, Armenia, New Zealand, Czech Rep., Norway, Ukraine, Dubai-UAE, Georgia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Algeria, Colombia, Morocco, El Salvador, Tunisia, Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen Minnesota-USA, Russian Fed., England-UK, Latvia, Netherlands, Lithuania, USA, Denmark, Germany, Quebec-Ca., Australia, Ontario-Ca., Hungary, Armenia, Br. Columbia-Ca., Alberta-Ca., Sweden, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Slovak Rep., New Zealand, Scotland-UK, Czech Rep., Norway, Ukraine, Dubai-UAE, Georgia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Algeria, Colombia, Morocco, Tunisia, Kuwait, El Salvador, Qatar, Yemen Ontario-Ca., Br. Columbia-Ca., Alberta-Ca., England-UK, USA, Australia, Germany, Armenia, Italy, Ukraine, Denmark, Slovenia, Austria, Sweden, Czech Rep., Scotland-UK, New Zealand, Slovak Rep., Norway, Dubai-UAE, Hungary, Georgia, Algeria, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Morocco, Tunisia, Kuwait, Colombia, El Salvador, Qatar, Yemen Netherlands, Armenia, Russian Fed., Ontario-Ca., Minnesota-USA, Br. Columbia-Ca., Alberta-Ca., Denmark, Quebec-Ca., England-UK, Australia, Germany, Latvia, Italy, USA, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria, Slovenia, Lithuania, Dubai-UAE, Norway, Czech Rep., Scotland-UK, Hungary, Ukraine, Slovak Rep., Islamic Rep. of Iran, Georgia, Algeria, Colombia, Morocco, El Salvador, Tunisia, Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen
Percentage of Massachusetts students reaching the Advanced International Benchmark
22% 25% 20% 8% 12%
Singapore, Hong Kong-Ch. Singapore, Hong Kong-Ch. Hong Kong-Ch., Singapore Singapore, Hong Kong-Ch. Singapore, Hong Kong-Ch.
Education systems not measurably different from Massachusetts
Ch. Taipei, Japan, Kazakhstan, Minnesota-USA Ch. Taipei, Japan, Minnesota-USA, Kazakhstan Ch. Taipei, Japan, Kazhakstan, Minnesota-USA, Russian Fed., England-UK Kazakhstan, Russian Fed., Ch. Taipei, Australia, Armenia, England-UK, Lithuania, Latvia, Italy, Br. Columbia-Ca., Minnesota-USA, Quebec-Ca., Ontario-Ca., New Zealand, Netherlands, USA , Alberta-Ca., Germany, Hungary, Ukraine, Slovak Rep., Denmark, Sweden, Dubai-UAE, Austria, Czech Rep., Norway, Georgia, Scotland-UK, Slovenia, Algeria, Columbia, El Salvador, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia, Yemen Kazakhstan, Armenia, Ch. Taipei, Australia, Minnesota-USA, England-UK, Br. Columbia-Ca., New Zealand, Russian Fed., Italy, Latvia, Ontario-Ca., USA, Alberta-Ca., Quebec-Ca., Dubai-UAE, Netherlands, Denmark, Hungary, Lithuania, Germany, Slovak Rep., Sweden
Education systems lower than Massachusetts
England-UK, Russian Fed., Latvia, USA, Lithuania, Hungary, Australia, Armenia, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Quebec-Ca., New Zealand, Slovak Rep., Br. Columbia-Ca., Ontario-Ca., Scotland-UK, Alberta-Ca., Slovenia, Austria, Sweden, Ukraine, Czech Rep., Dubai-UAE, Norway, Georgia, Algeria, Colombia, El Salvador, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia, Yemen England-UK, Russian Fed., USA, Latvia, Lithuania, Australia, Hungary, Denmark, Netherlands, Armenia, Germany, Italy, Quebec-Ca., New Zealand, Slovak Rep., Scotland-UK, Ontario-Ca., Br. Columbia-Ca., Slovenia, Alberta-Ca., Austria, Sweden, Czech Rep., Ukraine, Norway, Dubai-UAE, Georgia, Colombia, Algeria, El Salvador, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia, Yemen Latvia, Armenia, Lithuania, USA, Hungary, Australia, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Quebec-Ca., Italy, New Zealand, Slovak Rep., Br. Columbia-Ca., Ontario-Ca., Scotland-UK, Alberta-Ca., Slovenia, Austria, Ukraine, Sweden, Dubai-UAE, Norway, Georgia, Czech Rep., Algeria, Colombia, El Salvador, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia, Yemen Norway, Ukraine, Scotland-UK, Austria, Czech Rep., Algeria, Colombia, El Salvador, Georgia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Slovenia, Tunisia, Yemen

† Not applicable. No countries in this category.

1 Scores were not reported for Japan, as reporting standards were not met.

NOTE: The TIMSS scale average score is 500 with a standard deviation of 100. In the table, countries' education systems are in order of their respective scores. Countries' education systems participating in TIMSS 2007 at grade 4 include Alberta-Ca., Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Br. Columbia-Ca., Ch. Taipei, Colombia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Dubai-UAE, El Salvador, England, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong-Ch., Hungary, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Massachusetts-USA, Minnesota-USA, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Ontario-Ca., Qatar, Quebec-Ca., Russian Fed., Scotland, Singapore, Slovak Rep., Slovenia, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine, USA, Yemen.

SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 2007.

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All students Boys (50%) Girls (50%) Students who speak the test language at home sometimes or never (8%)1 Students not born in the country (9%)2
Massachusetts average scores
547 550 544 494 497
Education systems higher than Massachusetts
Ch. Taipei, Rep. of Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong-Ch., Japan Rep. of Korea, Ch. Taipei, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong-Ch. Singapore, Ch. Taipei, Rep. of Korea, Hong Kong-Ch., Japan Singapore, Rep. of Korea, Ch. Taipei, Br. Columbia-Ca., Quebec-Ca. Singapore, Hong Kong-Ch., Br. Columbia-Ca., Ontario-Ca.
Education systems not measurably different from Massachusetts
England-UK, Ontario-Ca., Japan, Hong Kong-Ch., Basque Co.-Sp., Russian Fed., Malaysia, Minnesota-USA, Lithuania, Czech Rep., Armenia, Australia, Malta Quebec-Ca., Armenia, Russian Fed., Australia, Ch. Taipei, England-UK, Dubai-UAE, Czech Rep., Minnesota-USA, Hungary
Education systems lower than Massachusetts
Minnesota-USA, Quebec-Ca., Ontario-Ca., Hungary, England-UK, Russian Fed., Br. Columbia-Ca., USA, Lithuania, Czech Rep., Slovenia, Armenia, Basque Co.-Sp., Australia, Sweden, Malta, Scotland-UK, Serbia, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Israel, Ukraine, Romania, Dubai-UAE, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon, Thailand, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia, Georgia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Bahrain, Indonesia, Syrian Arab Rep., Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Colombia, Oman, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Botswana, Kuwait, El Salvador, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Qatar Minnesota-USA, Quebec-Ca., Ontario-Ca., Hungary, England, Br. Columbia-Ca., USA, Russian Fed., Australia, Slovenia, Czech Rep., Lithuania, Basque Co.-Sp., Armenia, Sweden, Scotland-UK, Malta, Serbia, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Israel, Dubai-UAE, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Lebanon, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Romania, Turkey, Tunisia, Thailand, Jordan, Georgia, Syrian Arab Rep., Islamic Rep. of Iran, Colombia, Indonesia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Bahrain, Botswana, El Salvador, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Oman, Kuwait, Ghana, Saudi Arabia, Qatar Minnesota-USA, Quebec-Ca., Hungary, Russian Fed., Ontario-Ca., England-UK, Lithuania, USA, Br. Columbia-Ca., Czech Rep., Armenia, Slovenia, Basque Co.-Sp., Sweden, Serbia, Australia, Malta, Scotland-UK, Malaysia, Italy, Cyprus, Norway, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Israel, Dubai-UAE, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Thailand, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Bahrain, Georgia, Tunisia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Indonesia, Oman, Egypt, Syrian Arab Rep., Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Algeria, Morocco, Botswana, Colombia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, El Salvador, Qatar, Ghana USA, Ukraine, Dubai-UAE, Slovenia, Sweden, Scotland-UK, Lebanon, Israel, Norway, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Tunisia, Serbia, Jordan, Thailand, Romania, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Egypt, Indonesia, Georgia, Morocco, Algeria, Syrian Arab Rep., Oman, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Turkey, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Botswana, Kuwait, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Qatar, El Salvador USA, Sweden, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Scotland-UK, Basque Co.-Sp., Slovenia, Lithuania, Norway, Israel, Malta, Malaysia, Cyprus, Lebanon, Bulgaria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Jordan, Romania, Bahrain, Georgia, Syrian Arab Rep., Egypt, Indonesia, Botswana, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Kuwait, Morocco, Colombia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, El Salvador, Qatar, Ghana
Percentage of Massachusetts students reaching the Advanced International Benchmark
16% 17% 15% 6% 7%
Education systems higher than Massachusetts
Ch. Taipei, Rep. of Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong-Ch., Japan Ch. Taipei, Rep. of Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong-Ch., Japan Ch. Taipei, Singapore, Rep. of Korea, Hong Kong-Ch., Japan Singapore, Ch. Taipei, Rep. of Korea, Hong Kong-Ch. Singapore, Hong Kong-Ch., Ch. Taipei
Education systems not measurably different from Massachusetts
Japan, England-UK, Australia, Ontario-Ca., Quebec-Ca., Br. Columbia-Ca., Armenia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Russian Fed., Czech Rep., Ukraine, Dubai-UAE, USA, Minnesota-USA, Scotland-UK, Basque Co.-Sp., Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, Sweden, Bulgaria Br. Columbia-Ca., Ontario-Ca., Armenia, England-UK, Australia, Quebec-Ca., Dubai-UAE, Hungary, Turkey, Russian Fed., Minnesota-USA, Malta, USA, Lithuania, Scotland-UK, Israel, Czech Rep.
Education systems lower than Massachusetts
Hungary, England-UK, Russian Fed., Quebec-Ca., Minnesota-USA, Lithuania, USA, Australia, Ontario-Ca., Armenia, Czech Rep., Turkey, Serbia, Br. Columbia-Ca., Malta, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Israel, Romania, Scotland-UK, Dubai-UAE, Thailand, Ukraine, Italy, Malaysia, Cyprus, Sweden, Basque Co.-Sp., Jordan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Lebanon, Georgia, Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain, Botswana, Colombia, El Salvador, Ghana, Indonesia, Kuwait, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Rep., Tunisia Hungary, England-UK, Quebec-Ca., Russian Fed., Minnesota-USA, Australia, Ontario-Ca., USA, Lithuania, Br. Columbia-Ca., Malta, Czech Rep., Serbia, Armenia, Turkey, Slovenia, Israel, Scotland-UK, Bulgaria, Dubai-UAE, Romania, Ukraine, Basque Co.-Sp., Italy, Thailand, Sweden, Cyprus, Malaysia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jordan, Lebanon, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Georgia, Colombia, Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain, Botswana, El Salvador, Ghana, Indonesia, Kuwait, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Rep., Tunisia Hungary, Russian Fed., Minnesota-USA, Quebec-Ca., England-UK, Lithuania, Armenia, Czech Rep., USA, Turkey, Serbia, Romania, Ontario-Ca., Bulgaria, Br. Columbia-Ca., Australia, Malta, Slovenia, Dubai-UAE, Scotland-UK, Thailand, Israel, Malaysia, Cyprus, Ukraine, Italy, Sweden, Jordan, Basque Co.-Sp., Bosnia and Herzegovina , Islamic Rep. of Iran, Egypt, Georgia, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Lebanon, Algeria, Bahrain, Botswana, Colombia, El Salvador, Ghana, Indonesia, Kuwait, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Rep., Tunisia Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Slovenia, Egypt, Lebanon, Thailand, Bahrain, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Colombia, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Kuwait, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Rep., Tunisia Serbia, Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Jordan, Cyprus, Basque Co.-Sp., Bulgaria, Italy, Lebanon, Ukraine, Bahrain, Botswana, Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Rep., Tunisia

† Not applicable. No countries in this category.

1 Scores were not reported for Hungary and Italy, as reporting standards were not met.

2 Scores were not reported for Algeria, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Japan, Rep. of Korea, and Thailand, as reporting standards were not met.

NOTE: The TIMSS scale average score is 500 with a standard deviation of 100. In the table, countries' education systems are in order of their respective scores. Countries' education systems participating in TIMSS 2007 at grade 8 include Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Bahrain, Basque Co.-Sp., Bosnia and Herzegovina, Br. Columbia-Ca., Botswana, Bulgaria, Ch. Taipei, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Dubai-UAE, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Georgia, Ghana, Hong Kong-Ch., Hungary, Indonesia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Rep. of Rep. of Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Massachusetts-USA, Minnesota-USA, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Ontario-Ca., Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Qatar, Quebec-Ca., Romania, Russian Fed., Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, USA.

SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 2007.

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All students Boys (49%) Girls (51%) Students who speak the test language at home sometimes or never (7%)1 Students not born in the country (11%)1
Massachusetts average scores
571 576 566 516 521
Education systems higher than Massachusetts
Singapore Singapore Singapore, Kazakhstan Singapore, Hong Kong-Ch.
Education systems not measurably different from Massachusetts
Singapore Hong Kong-Ch., Ch. Taipei, Russian Fed., Ontario-Ca., Latvia, Alberta-Ca., Br. Columbia-Ca., Lithuania, Quebec-Ca., Netherlands, Italy, England-UK, Minnesota-USA, Armenia Kazakhstan, Ontario-Ca., Br. Columbia-Ca., Alberta-Ca., Ch. Taipei, Russian Fed., Italy, Armenia
Education systems lower than Massachusetts
Ch. Taipei, Hong Kong-Ch., Minnesota-USA, Japan, Russian Fed., Alberta-Ca., Latvia, England-UK, USA, Br. Columbia-Ca., Hungary, Ontario-Ca., Italy, Kazakhstan, Germany, Australia, Slovak Rep., Austria, Sweden, Netherlands, Slovenia, Quebec-Ca., Denmark, Czech Rep., Lithuania, New Zealand, Scotland-UK, Armenia, Norway, Ukraine, Dubai-UAE, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Georgia, Colombia, El Salvador, Algeria, Kuwait, Tunisia, Morocco, Qatar, Yemen Ch. Taipei, Hong Kong-Ch., Minnesota-USA, Japan, Alberta-Ca., Russian Fed., Italy, USA, England-UK, Ontario-Ca., Latvia, Hungary, Br. Columbia-Ca., Germany, Kazakhstan, Austria, Slovak Rep., Australia, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Slovenia, Czech Rep., Quebec-Ca., Lithuania, New Zealand, Scotland-UK, Norway, Armenia, Ukraine, Dubai-UAE, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Georgia, Colombia, El Salvador, Algeria, Kuwait, Tunisia, Morocco, Qatar, Yemen Ch. Taipei, Hong Kong-Ch., Minnesota-USA, Japan, Russian Fed., Latvia, England-UK, Alberta-Ca., Br. Columbia-Ca., USA, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Ontario-Ca., Italy, Sweden, Australia, Slovak Rep., Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Netherlands, Lithuania, Quebec-Ca., Denmark, Czech Rep., New Zealand, Scotland-UK, Armenia, Norway, Ukraine, Dubai-UAE, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Georgia, Colombia, El Salvador, Kuwait, Algeria, Tunisia, Qatar, Morocco, Yemen Ukraine, Czech Rep., Australia, USA, Slovenia, Hungary, Sweden, Slovak Rep., Austria, Scotland-UK, Germany, New Zealand, Denmark, Dubai-UAE, Norway, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Georgia, Colombia, Kuwait, Algeria, El Salvador, Tunisia, Morocco, Qatar, Yemen Australia, England-UK, Netherlands, Quebec-Ca., Denmark, Sweden, Minnesota-USA, USA, Latvia, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, Dubai-UAE, Slovenia, Czech Rep., Hungary, Lithuania, Slovak Rep., Islamic Rep. of Iran, Scotland-UK, Norway, Ukraine, Colombia, Georgia, El Salvador, Algeria, Kuwait, Tunisia, Qatar, Morocco, Yemen
Percentage of Massachusetts students reaching the Advanced International Benchmark
22% 25% 19% 7% 9%
Education systems higher than Massachusetts
Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore
Education systems not measurably different from Massachusetts
Ch. Taipei, Minnesota-USA Ch. Taipei, Minnesota-USA Ch. Taipei, Minnesota-USA, Russian Fed., England-UK, Armenia Kazakhstan, Armenia, Russian Fed., Ontario-Ca., Ch. Taipei, Italy, Br. Columbia-Ca., Hong Kong-Ch., Alberta-Ca., Australia, Minnesota-USA, Latvia, England-UK, USA, Slovak Rep., Hungary, New Zealand, Quebec-Ca., Lithuania, Ukraine, Dubai-UAE, Czech Rep., Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Slovenia, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Algeria, Colombia, El Salvador, Georgia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Scotland-UK, Tunisia, Yemen Armenia, Hong Kong-Ch., Br. Columbia-Ca., Ontario-Ca., Australia, Russian Fed., England-UK, Alberta-Ca., New Zealand, Ch. Taipei, Italy, Kazakhstan, Dubai-UAE, Minnesota-USA, USA, Sweden, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Quebec-Ca., Austria, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Germany, Slovenia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Scotland-UK
Education systems lower than Massachusetts
Russian Fed., USA, England-UK, Hong Kong-Ch., Hungary, Italy, Japan, Alberta-Ca., Armenia, Ontario-Ca., Slovak Rep., Br. Columbia-Ca., Australia, Latvia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Austria, Sweden, New Zealand, Czech Rep., Denmark, Slovenia, Quebec-Ca., Dubai-UAE, Scotland-UK, Netherlands, Lithuania, Ukraine, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Norway, Colombia, Georgia, Algeria, El Salvador, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia, Yemen Russian Fed., USA, Hong Kong-Ch., Italy, Hungary, England-UK, Alberta-Ca., Ontario-Ca., Japan, Australia, Slovak Rep., Germany, Austria, Armenia, Br. Columbia-Ca., Latvia, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Czech Rep., Sweden, Denmark, Slovenia, Quebec-Ca., Scotland-UK, Netherlands, Dubai-UAE, Lithuania, Ukraine, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Colombia, Norway, Georgia, El Salvador, Algeria, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia, Yemen USA, Hong Kong-Ch., Hungary, Japan, Italy, Alberta-Ca., Br. Columbia-Ca., Ontario-Ca., Latvia, Slovak Rep., Kazakhstan, Australia, Sweden, Germany, New Zealand, Austria, Denmark, Slovenia, Czech Rep., Dubai-UAE, Quebec-Ca., Lithuania, Scotland-UK, Netherlands, Ukraine, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Norway, Algeria, Colombia, El Salvador, Georgia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia, Yemen Ukraine, Norway, Algeria, Colombia, El Salvador, Georgia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia, Yemen

† Not applicable. No countries in this category.

1 Scores were not reported for Japan, as reporting standards were not met.

NOTE: The TIMSS scale average score is 500 with a standard deviation of 100. In the table, countries' education systems are in order of their respective scores. Countries' education systems participating in TIMSS 2007 at grade 4 include Alberta-Ca., Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Br. Columbia-Ca., Ch. Taipei, Colombia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Dubai-UAE, El Salvador, England, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong-Ch., Hungary, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Massachusetts-USA, Minnesota-USA, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Ontario-Ca., Qatar, Quebec-Ca., Russian Fed., Scotland, Singapore, Slovak Rep., Slovenia, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine, USA, Yemen.

SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 2007.

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All students Boys (50%) Girls (50%) Students who speak the test language at home sometimes or never (8%)1 Students not born in the country (9%)2
Massachusetts average scores
556 561 551 497 495
Education systems higher than Massachusetts
Singapore Singapore Singapore, Br. Columbia-Ca., Ontario-Ca., Hong Kong-Ch.
Education systems not measurably different from Massachusetts
Singapore, Ch. Taipei, Japan, Rep. of Korea Singapore, Ch. Taipei, Rep. of Korea, Japan Ch. Taipei, Japan, Rep. of Korea, England-UK England-UK, Czech Rep., Ch. Taipei, Br. Columbia-Ca., Rep. of Korea, Japan, Russian Fed., Ontario-Ca., Basque Co.-Sp., Lithuania, Quebec-Ca., Slovenia, Ukraine, Dubai-UAE, Australia, Hong Kong-Ch., Minnesota-USA Russian Fed., England-UK, Dubai-UAE, Czech Rep., Australia, Armenia, Quebec-Ca., Hungary, Slovenia, Minnesota-USA, Ch. Taipei
Education systems lower than Massachusetts
England-UK, Hungary, Czech Rep., Minnesota-USA, Slovenia, Hong Kong-Ch., Russian Fed., Ontario-Ca., Br. Columbia-Ca., USA, Lithuania, Australia, Sweden, Quebec-Ca., Basque Co.-Sp., Scotland-UK, Italy, Dubai-UAE, Armenia, Norway, Ukraine, Jordan, Malaysia, Thailand, Serbia, Bulgaria, Israel, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Malta, Turkey, Syrian Arab Rep., Cyprus, Tunisia, Indonesia, Oman, Georgia, Kuwait, Colombia, Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Saudi Arabia, Morocco, El Salvador, Botswana, Qatar, Ghana England-UK, Hungary, Czech Rep., Minnesota-USA, Slovenia, Russian Fed., Ontario-Ca., Br. Columbia-Ca., Hong Kong-Ch., USA, Australia, Lithuania, Quebec-Ca., Sweden, Basque Co.-Sp., Italy, Scotland-UK, Ukraine, Norway, Armenia, Dubai-UAE, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Malaysia, Jordan, Bulgaria, Israel, Thailand, Malta, Romania, Syrian Arab Rep., Tunisia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Turkey, Cyprus, Bahrain, Colombia, Indonesia, Lebanon, Georgia, Algeria, Morroco, Egypt, El Salvador, Kuwait, Oman, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Saudi Arabia, Botswana, Ghana, Qatar Slovenia, Minnesota-USA, Czech Rep., Hungary, Hong Kong-Ch., Russian Fed., Br. Columbia-Ca., Ontario-Ca., Lithuania, USA, Sweden, Australia, Quebec-Ca., Jordan, Bahrain, Dubai-UAE, Scotland-UK, Armenia, Italy, Basque Co.-Sp., Norway, Ukraine, Thailand, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Israel, Serbia, Romania, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta, Oman, Syrian Arab Rep., Kuwait, Tunisia, Georgia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco, Colombia, El Salvador, Botswana, Qatar, Ghana USA, Jordan, Bahrain, Sweden, Malaysia, Israel, Tunisia, Armenia, Scotland-UK, Malta, Syrian Arab Rep., Bosnia and Herzegovina, Thailand, Oman, Norway, Indonesia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Kuwait, Cyprus, Egypt, Bulgaria, Romania, Lebanon, Serbia, Morocco, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Georgia, Turkey, Colombia, Botswana, El Salvador, Ghana, Qatar USA, Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Lithuania, Scotland-UK, Basque Co.-Sp., Norway, Israel, Serbia, Bahrain, Jordan, Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Tunisia, Ukraine, Syrian Arab Rep., Malta, Romania, Malaysia, Lebanon, Kuwait, Indonesia, Georgia, Egypt, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Colombia, Morocco, El Salvador, Botswana, Qatar, Ghana
Percentage of Massachusetts students reaching the Advanced International Benchmark
20% 22% 17% 10% 8%
Education systems higher than Massachusetts
Singapore, Ch. Taipei Singapore, Ch. Taipei Singapore Singapore Singapore
Education systems not measurably different from Massachusetts
Japan, England-UK, Rep. of Korea Rep. of Korea, England-UK, Japan Ch. Taipei, Japan, England-UK, Rep. of Korea England-UK, Ch. Taipei, Australia, Ontario-Ca., Rep. of Korea, Japan, Russian Fed., Czech Rep., Malaysia, Br. Columbia-Ca., Quebec-Ca., Israel, Armenia, Jordan, Dubai-UAE, Malta, Lithuania, Hong Kong-Ch., Sweden, Ukraine, Basque Co.-Sp., Romania Armenia, England-UK, Australia, Hungary, Br. Columbia-Ca., Dubai-UAE, Ontario-Ca., Ch. Taipei, Hong Kong-Ch., Russian Fed., Slovenia, Minnesota-USA, Scotland-UK, Czech Rep., Malta, USA, Quebec-Ca., Turkey, Lithuania, Sweden, Jordan, Bahrain
Education systems lower than Massachusetts
Hungary, Czech Rep., Slovenia, Russian Fed., Minnesota-USA, Hong Kong-Ch., USA, Armenia, Australia, Lithuania, Ontario-Ca., Br. Columbia-Ca., Sweden, Dubai-UAE, Jordan, Malta, Bulgaria, Scotland-UK, Israel, Quebec-Ca., Italy, Turkey, Ukraine, Thailand, Malaysia, Basque Co.-Sp., Islamic Rep. of Iran, Bahrain, Serbia, Romania, Norway, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Lebanon, Syrian Arab Rep., Egypt, Oman, Colombia, Tunisia, Indonesia, Georgia, Kuwait, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, El Salvador, Botswana, Qatar, Ghana Hungary, Czech Rep., Minnesota-USA, Slovenia, Russian Fed., Hong Kong-Ch., USA, Australia, Ontario-Ca., Lithuania, Br. Columbia-Ca., Armenia, Sweden, Dubai-UAE, Malta, Scotland-UK, Quebec-Ca., Israel, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Italy, Basque Co.-Sp., Turkey, Jordan, Malaysia, Thailand, Serbia, Norway, Romania, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bahrain, Cyprus, Lebanon, Colombia, Syrian Arab Rep., Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Egypt, Tunisia, Indonesia, Georgia, Algeria, Morocco, El Salvador, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Botswana, Ghana, Qatar Czech Rep., Hungary, Slovenia, Russian Fed., Minnesota-USA, Armenia, Hong Kong-Ch., USA, Lithuania, Jordan, Dubai-UAE, Sweden, Ontario-Ca., Australia, Br. Columbia-Ca., Bulgaria, Malta, Israel, Scotland-UK, Thailand, Bahrain, Italy, Turkey, Malaysia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Ukraine, Quebec-Ca., Serbia, Romania, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Basque Co.-Sp., Norway, Cyprus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon, Oman, Egypt, Kuwait, Syrian Arab Rep., Tunisia, Georgia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Morocco, Colombia, El Salvador, Botswana, Qatar, Ghana Scotland-UK, USA, Slovenia, Bahrain, Minnesota-USA, Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Thailand, Lebanon, Oman, Egypt, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Turkey, Tunisia, Syrian Arab Rep., Norway, Indonesia, Kuwait, Cyprus, Serbia, Morocco, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Georgia, Colombia, Botswana, El Salvador, Ghana, Qatar Israel, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Basque Co.-Sp., Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Oman, Norway, Cyprus, Ukraine, Serbia, Romania, Lebanon, Botswana, Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Rep., Tunisia

† Not applicable. No countries in this category.

1 Scores were not reported for Hungary and Italy, as reporting standards were not met.

2 Scores were not reported for Algeria, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Japan, Rep. of Korea, and Thailand, as reporting standards were not met.

NOTE: The TIMSS scale average score is 500 with a standard deviation of 100. In the table, countries' education systems are in order of their respective scores. Countries' education systems participating in TIMSS 2007 at grade 8 include Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Bahrain, Basque Co.-Sp., Bosnia and Herzegovina, Br. Columbia-Ca., Botswana, Bulgaria, Ch. Taipei, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Dubai-UAE, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Georgia, Ghana, Hong Kong-Ch., Hungary, Indonesia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Rep. of Rep. of Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Massachusetts-USA, Minnesota-USA, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Ontario-Ca., Palestinian Nat'l Auth., Qatar, Quebec-Ca., Romania, Russian Fed., Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, USA.

SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 2007.


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