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


Summary

  • Public school students’ average score was 518 at grade 8.
  • Higher percentages of Connecticut 8th-graders performed at or above each of the four TIMSS international benchmarks than the international medians. For example, 10 percent of 8th-graders in Connecticut performed at or above the Advanced benchmark (625) compared to the international median of 3 percent at grade 8 (see figure 4, Highlights from TIMSS 2011).
  • Male and female students in Connecticut scored higher, on average, in mathematics than the TIMSS scale average (table 2).
  • White and Asian students’ average scores were higher than the TIMSS scale average, while Black and Hispanic students scored lower, on average, than the TIMSS scale average.
  • Students in public schools with less than 25 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch scored higher, on average, than the TIMSS scale average, while students in schools with 50 percent or more 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 Connecticut public schools compared with other participating education systems: 2011
 
Education systems higher than Connecticut
Korea, Rep. of Massachusetts-USA
Singapore Minnesota-USA
Chinese Taipei-CHN Russian Federation
Hong Kong-CHN North Carolina-USA
Japan Quebec-CAN
 
Education systems not measurably different from Connecticut
Indiana-USA Ontario-Can
Colorado-USA United States
Israel England-GBR
Finland Australia
Florida-USA
 
Education systems lower than Connecticut
Alberta-CAN Abu Dhabi-UAE
Hungary Malaysia
Slovenia Georgia
Lithuania Thailand
Italy Macedonia, Rep. of
California-USA Tunisia
New Zealand Chile
Kazakhstan Iran, Islamic Rep. of
Sweden Qatar
Ukraine Bahrain
Dubai-UAE Jordan
Norway Palestinian Nat'l Auth.
Armenia Saudi Arabia
Alabama-USA Indonesia
Romania Syrian Arab Republic
United Arab Emirates Morocco
Turkey Oman
Lebanon Ghana
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 Connecticut: 2011
 
Reporting groups Average score
TIMSS scale average 500
U.S. average 509 *
Connecticut average 518 *
Sex
Female 520 *
Male 516 *
Race/ethnicity
White 543 *
Black 453 *
Hispanic 467 *
Asian 577 *
Multiracial 516
Percentage of public school students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch
Less than 10 percent 567 *
10 to 24.9 percent 535 *
25 to 49.9 percent 490
50 to 74.9 percent 456 *
75 percent or more 420 *
*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.

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