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


Summary

  • Public school students’ average science score was 545 at grade 4 and 530 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 13 percent of 8th-graders in Florida performed at or above the Advanced benchmark (625) compared to the international median of 5 percent at grade 4 and 4 percent at grade 8 (see figures 11 and 12, Highlights from TIMSS 2011).
  • Males outperformed females by 9 score points on average in science at grade 4 (figure 13) and by 15 score points at grade 8 (see figure 14, Highlights from TIMSS 2011). In both grade 4 and grade 8, male and female students in Florida scored higher, on average, in science than the TIMSS scale average (table 2).
  • At grade 4 and grade 8, White, Hispanic, Asian, and multiracial students’ average scores were higher than the TIMSS scale average, while Black students’ average scores were not measurably different from the TIMSS scale average (table 2).
  • 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 75 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch scored, on average, higher than the TIMSS scale average, while the average score for students in public schools with 75 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch was 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 science 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
Korea, Rep. of Finland  Singapore Japan
Singapore Japan  Massachusetts-USA Minnesota-USA
 Chinese Taipei-CHN Finland
 Korea, Rep. of Alberta-CAN
   
Education systems not measurably different from Florida Education systems not measurably different from Florida
Russian Federation North Carolina-USA Slovenia North Carolina-USA
Chinese Taipei-CHN Czech Republic  Russian Federation United States
United States Hong Kong-CHN Colorado-USA Hungary
Alberta-CAN Hong Kong-CHNOntario-CAN
 England-GBR Quebec-CAN
 Indiana-USA Australia
 Connecticut-USA Israel
   
Education systems lower than Florida Education systems lower than Florida
Hungary New Zealand  Lithuania Palestinian Nat'l Auth.
Sweden Kazakhstan  New Zealand Georgia
Slovak Republic Norway  Sweden Oman
Austria Chile  Italy Qatar
Netherlands Thailand  Ukraine Macedonia, Rep. of
England-GBR Turkey  California-USA Lebanon
Denmark Dubai-UAE  Norway Indonesia
Germany Georgia  Kazakhstan Morocco
Ontario-CAN Iran, Islamic Rep. of  Alabama-USA Ghana
Italy Bahrain  Dubai-UAE
Portugal Malta  Turkey
Slovenia Azerbaijan  Iran, Islamic Rep. of
Northern Ireland-GBR Saudi Arabia  Romania
Quebec-CAN United Arab Emirates  United Arab Emirates
Ireland Armenia  Chile
Croatia Abu Dhabi-UAE  Abu Dhabi-UAE
Australia Qatar  Bahrain
Serbia Oman  Thailand
Lithuania Kuwait  Jordan
Belgium (Flemish)-BEL Tunisia  Tunisia
Romania Morocco  Armenia
Spain Yemen  Saudi Arabia
Poland  Malaysia
 Syrian Arab Republic
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 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 544 * 525 *
Florida 545 * 530 *
Sex
Female 540 * 522 *
Male 549 * 537 *
Race/ethnicity
White 575 * 560 *
Black 504 485
Hispanic 531 * 523 *
Asian 593 * 600 *
Multiracial 577 * 524 *
Percentage of public school students eligible
for free or reduced-price lunch
Less than 10 percent 613 *
10 to 24.9 percent 599 * 566 *
25 to 49.9 percent 556 * 550 *
50 to 74.9 percent 541 * 530 *
75 percent or more 517 * 498
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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