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


Summary

  • Public school students' average score was 554 at grade 4 and 537 at grade 8.
  • Higher percentages of North Carolina 4th- and 8th-graders performed at or above each of the four TIMSS international benchmarks than the international medians. For example, 16 percent of 4th-graders and 14 percent of 8th-graders in North Carolina 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).
  • Males outperformed females by 12 score points, on average, at grade 4. At both grade 4 and 8, males and females scored higher in mathematics, on average, than the TIMSS scale average (table 2).
  • At grade 4, all racial/ethnic groups performed above the TIMSS scale average. At grade 8, White, Asian, and multiracial students' average scores were above the TIMSS scale average, while Black and Hispanic students' average scores were not measurably different from the TIMSS scale average.
  • In general, students at grade 4 scored higher, on average, than the TIMSS scale average. At grade 8 students in public schools with less than 50 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch scored higher, on average, than the TIMSS scale average, while average scores for students in public schools with 50 percent or more students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch were not measurably different from 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 4th- and 8th-grade students in North Carolina public schools compared with other participating education systems: 2011
 
Grade 4 Grade 8
Education systems higher than North Carolina  Education systems higher than North Carolina
Singapore  Korea, Rep. of Massachusetts-USA
Korea, Rep. of  Singapore
Hong Kong-CHN Chinese Taipei-CHN
Chinese Taipei-CHN  Hong Kong-CHN
Japan  Japan
   
Education systems not measurably different from North Carolina   Education systems not measurably different from North Carolina
Northern Ireland-GBR Florida-USA  Minnesota-USA Indiana-USA
Belgium (Flemish)-BEL  Russian Federation
Finland  Quebec-CAN
   
Education systems lower than North Carolina Education systems lower than North Carolina
England-GBR Croatia  Colorado-USA Romania
Russian Federation New Zealand  Connecticut-USA United Arab Emirates
United States Spain  Israel Turkey
Netherlands Romania  Finland Lebanon
Denmark Poland  Florida-USA Abu Dhabi-UAE
Lithuania Turkey  Ontario-CAN Malaysia
Quebec-CANDubai, UAE  United States Georgia
Portugal Azerbaijan  England-GBR Thailand
Germany Chile  Alberta-CANMacedonia, Rep. of
Ireland Thailand  Hungary Tunisia
Ontario-CANArmenia  Australia Chile
Serbia Georgia  Slovenia Iran, Islamic Rep. of
Australia Bahrain  Lithuania Qatar
Hungary United Arab Emirates  Italy Bahrain
Slovenia Iran, Islamic Rep. of  California-USA Jordan
Czech Republic Abu Dhabi, UAE  New Zealand Palestinian Nat'l Auth.
Austria Qatar  Kazakhstan Saudi Arabia
Italy Saudi Arabia  Sweden Indonesia
Slovak Republic Oman  Ukraine Syrian Arab Republic
Alberta-CANTunisia  Dubai-UAE Morocco
Sweden Kuwait  Norway Oman
Kazakhstan Morocco  Armenia Ghana
Malta Yemen  Alabama-USA
Norway  
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 North Carolina: 2011
 
Reporting groups Average score
Grade 4Grade 8
TIMSS scale average 500 500
U.S. average 541 * 509 *
North Carolina average 554 * 537 *
Sex
Female 548 * 535 *
Male 560 * 539 *
Race/ethnicity
White 577 * 563 *
Black 512 * 495
Hispanic 538 * 510
Asian 613 * 605 *
Multiracial 572 * 525 *
Percentage of public school students eligible
for free or reduced-price lunch
Less than 10 percent 605 *
10 to 24.9 percent 587 * 572 *
25 to 49.9 percent 568 * 543 *
50 to 74.9 percent 550 * 521
75 percent or more 519 * 516
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.

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