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Alabama's 2011 TIMSS Results in Grade 8 Mathematics: A Summary


Summary

  • Public school students’ average score was 466 at grade 8.
  • The percentages of Alabama 8th-graders reaching each of the four TIMSS international benchmarks were not measurably different than the international medians (see figure 4, Highlights from TIMSS 2011).
  • Both male and female students in Alabama scored lower, on average, in mathematics than the TIMSS scale average (table 2).
  • White, Asian, and multiracial students’ average scores were not measurably different from the TIMSS scale average. However, Black and Hispanic students scored lower, on average, than the TIMSS scale average.
  • Students in public schools with 25 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch scored lower, on average, than the TIMSS scale average.

Suggested Citation: Provasnik, S., Kastberg, D., Ferraro, D., Lemanski, N., Roey, S., and Jenkins, F. (2012). Highlights From TIMSS 2011: Mathematics and Science Achievement of U.S. Fourth- and Eighth-Grade Students in an International Context (NCES 2013-009). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.

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Table 1. Average mathematics scores of 8th-grade students in Alabama public schools compared with other participating education systems: 2011
 
Education systems higher than Alabama
Korea, Rep. of Florida-USA
Singapore Ontario-CAN
Chinese Taipei-CHN United States
Hong Kong-CHN England-GBR
Japan Alberta-CAN
Massachusetts, US Hungary
Minnesota-USA Australia
Russian Federation Slovenia
North Carolina-USA Lithuania
Quebec-CAN Italy
Indiana-USA California-USA
Colorado-USA New Zealand
Connecticut-USA Kazakhstan
Israel Sweden
Finland
 
Education systems not measurably different from Alabama
Ukraine Romania
Dubai-UAE United Arab Emirates
Norway Turkey
Armenia
 
Education systems lower than Alabama
Lebanon Bahrain
Abu Dhabi-UAE Jordan
Malaysia Palestinian Nat'l Auth.
Georgia Saudi Arabia
Thailand Indonesia
Macedonia, Rep. of Syrian Arab Republic
Tunisia Morocco
Chile Oman
Iran, Islamic Rep. of Ghana
Qatar
SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 2011.
Table 2. Average mathematics scores in grade 8 for selected student groups in public schools in Alabama: 2011
 
Reporting groups Average score
TIMSS scale average 500
U.S. average 509 *
Alabama average 466 *
Sex
Female 467 *
Male 465 *
Race/ethnicity
White 489
Black 428 *
Hispanic 454 *
Asian 509
Multiracial 492
Percentage of public school students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch
Less than 10 percent 536
10 to 24.9 percent 510
25 to 49.9 percent 482 *
50 to 74.9 percent 464 *
75 percent or more 429 *
*p<.05. Difference between score and TIMSS scale average is significant.
NOTE: Black includes African American and Hispanic includes Latino. Racial categories exclude Hispanic origin. Not all race/ethnicity categories are shown, but they are all included in the U.S. and state totals shown throughout the report. The standard errors of the estimates are shown in table E-13 available at http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfor.asp?pubid=2013009.
SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 2011.