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


Summary

  • Public school students’ average score was 485 at grade 8.
  • The percentages of Alabama 8th-graders reaching the Advanced, High, and Intermediate international science benchmarks were not measurably different from the international medians (see figure 12, Highlights from TIMSS 2011). However, Alabama 8th- graders performed above the international median at the Low benchmark (83 percent vs. 79 percent).
  • Female students in Alabama scored below the TIMSS scale average in science (table 2).
  • White students’ average scores were higher than the TIMSS scale average. Asian and multiracial students’ average scores were not measurably different from the TIMSS scale average. However, Black and Hispanic students scored lower, on average, that the TIMSS scale average (table 2).
  • Students in public schools with less than 10 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch scored higher, on average, than the TIMSS scale average, while those in schools with 75 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 science scores of 8th-grade students in Alabama public schools compared with other participating education systems: 2011
 
Education systems higher than Alabama
Singapore North Carolina-USA
Massachusetts-USA Florida-USA
Chinese Taipei-CHN United States
Korea, Rep. of Hungary
Japan Ontario-CAN
Minnesota-USA Quebec-CAN
Finland Australia
Alberta-CAN Israel
Slovenia Lithuania
Russian Federation New Zealand
Colorado-USA Sweden
Hong Kong-CHN Italy
England-GBR Ukraine
Indiana-USA  
Connecticut-USA  
 
Education systems not measurably different from Alabama
California-USA Dubai-UAE
Norway Turkey
Kazakhstan Iran, Islamic Rep. of
 
Education systems lower than Alabama
Romania Syrian Arab Republic
United Arab Emirates Palestinian Nat'l Auth.
Chile Georgia
Abu Dhabi-UAE Oman
Bahrain Qatar
Thailand Macedonia, Rep. of
Jordan Lebanon
Tunisia Indonesia
Armenia Morocco
Saudi Arabia Ghana
Malaysia
SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 2011.
Table 2. Average science 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 525 *
Alabama average 485 *
Sex
Female 482 *
Male 489
Race/ethnicity
White 519 *
Black 435 *
Hispanic 470 *
Asian 493
Multiracial 511
Percentage of public school students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch
Less than 10 percent 557 *
10 to 24.9 percent 521
25 to 49.9 percent 504
50 to 74.9 percent 492
75 percent or more 441 *
*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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