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


Summary

  • Public school students’ average score was 499 at grade 8.
  • Higher percentages of California 8th-graders performed at or above each of the four TIMSS international benchmarks than the international medians. For example, 6 percent of 8th- graders in California performed at or above the Advanced benchmark (625) compared to the international median of 4 percent at grade 8 (see figure 12, Highlights from TIMSS 2011).
  • In California males outperformed females by 12 score points, on average, in science (see figure 14, Highlights from TIMSS 2011).
  • White, Asian, and multiracial students’ average scores were higher than the TIMSS scale average, while Black and Hispanic students scored lower, on average, than the TIMSS scale average (table 2).
  • 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 students in public 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 California public schools compared with other participating education systems: 2011
 
Education systems higher than California
Singapore Indiana-USA
Massachusetts-USA Connecticut-USA
Chinese Taipei-CHN North Carolina-USA
Korea, Rep. of Florida-USA
Japan United States
Minnesota-USA Hungary
Finland Ontario-CAN
Alberta-CAN Quebec-CAN
Slovenia Australia
Russian Federation Israel
Colorado-USA Lithuania
Hong Kong-CHN New Zealand
England-GBR Sweden
 
Education systems not measurably different from California
Italy Norway
Ukraine Kazakhstan
Alabama-USA
 
Education systems lower than California
Dubai-UAE Saudi Arabia
Turkey Malaysia
Iran, Islamic Rep. of Syrian Arab Republic
Romania Palestinian Nat'l Auth.
United Arab Emirates Georgia
Chile Oman
Abu Dhabi-UAE Qatar
Bahrain Macedonia, Rep. of
Thailand Lebanon
Jordan Indonesia
Tunisia Morocco
Armenia Ghana
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 California: 2011
 
Reporting groups Average score
TIMSS scale average 500
U.S. average 525 *
California average 499
Sex
Female 493
Male 504
Race/ethnicity
White 546 *
Black 460 *
Hispanic 475 *
Asian 542 *
Multiracial 529 *
Percentage of public school students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch
Less than 10 percent 547 *
10 to 24.9 percent 542 *
25 to 49.9 percent 539 *
50 to 74.9 percent 493
75 percent or more 457 *
*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.