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Florida's 2011 TIMSS Results in Grades 4 and 8 Mathematics: A Summary


Summary

  • Public school students’ average score was 545 at grade 4 and 513 at grade 8.
  • Higher percentages of Florida 4th- and 8th-graders performed at or above each of the four TIMSS international benchmarks than the international medians. For example, 14 percent of 4th-graders and 8 percent of 8th-graders in Florida performed at or above the Advanced benchmark (625) compared to the international median of 4 percent at grade 4 and 3 percent at grade 8 (see figures 3 and 4, Highlights from TIMSS 2011).
  • Male and female students in Florida scored higher, on average, than the TIMSS scale average in mathematics at grade 4, and males scored higher, on average, at grade 8 (table 2).
  • At grade 4, White, Hispanic, Asian, and multiracial students’ average scores were higher than the TIMSS scale average.
  • At grade 8, White and Asian students’ average scores were higher than the TIMSS scale average, while Black students’ average scores were lower.
  • Students at grade 4 scored higher, on average, than the TIMSS scale average regardless of the level of poverty within public schools. At grade 8 students in public schools with at least 10 percent but less than 50 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch scored higher, on average, than the TIMSS scales 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 4th- and 8th-grade students in Florida public schools compared with other participating education systems: 2011
 
Grade 4 Grade 8
Education systems higher than Florida  Education systems higher than Florida
Singapore  Korea, Rep. of Minnesota-USA
Korea, Rep. of  Singapore Russian Federation
Hong Kong-CHN Chinese Taipei-CHN North Carolina-USA
Chinese Taipei-CHN  Hong Kong-CHNQuebec-CAN
Japan  Japan
Northern Ireland-GBR  Massachusetts-USA
   
Education systems not measurably different from Florida   Education systems not measurably different from Florida
North Carolina-USA Indiana-USA Alberta-CAN
Belgium (Flemish)-BEL  Colorado-USA Hungary
Finland  Connecticut-USA Australia
England-GBR  Israel Slovenia
Russian Federation  Finland Lithuania
United States  Ontario-CAN
Netherlands  United States
 England-GBR
   
Education systems lower than Florida   Education systems lower than Florida
Denmark Spain  Italy Qatar
Lithuania Romania  California-USA Bahrain
Quebec-CAN Poland  New Zealand Jordan
Portugal Turkey  Kazakhstan Palestinian Nat'l Auth.
Germany Dubai-UAE  Sweden Saudi Arabia
Ireland Azerbaijan  Ukraine Indonesia
Ontario-CAN Chile  Dubai-UAE Syrian Arab Republic
Serbia Thailand  Norway Morocco
Australia Armenia  Armenia Oman
Hungary Georgia  Alabama-USA Ghana
Slovenia Bahrain  Romania
Czech Republic United Arab Emirates  United Arab Emirates
Austria Iran, Islamic Rep. of  Turkey
Italy Abu Dhabi-UAE  Lebanon
Slovak Republic Qatar  Abu Dhabi-UAE
Alberta-CAN Saudi Arabia  Malaysia
Sweden Oman  Georgia
Kazakhstan Tunisia  Thailand
Malta Kuwait  Macedonia, Rep. of
Norway Morocco  Tunisia
Croatia Yemen Chile
New Zealand  Iran, Islamic Rep. of
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 4 and 8 for selected student groups in public schools in Florida: 2011
 
Reporting groups Average score
Grade 4Grade 8
TIMSS scale average 500 500
U.S. average 541 * 509 *
Florida 545 * 513 *
Sex
Female 542 * 509
Male 549 * 517 *
Race/ethnicity
White 570 * 531 *
Black 504 484 *
Hispanic 536 * 505
Asian 609 * 615 *
Multiracial 576 * 505
Percentage of public school students eligible
for free or reduced-price lunch
Less than 10 percent 606 *
10 to 24.9 percent 595 * 546 *
25 to 49.9 percent 555 * 529 *
50 to 74.9 percent 538 * 511
75 percent or more 521 * 492
Reporting standards not met.
*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.