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


Summary

  • Public school students’ average score was 533 at grade 8.
  • Higher percentages of Indiana 8th-graders performed at or above each of the four TIMSS international benchmarks than the international medians. For example, 10 percent of 8th-graders in Indiana 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 Indiana, males outperformed females by 15 score points on average in science at grade 8 (see figure 14, Highlights from TIMSS 2011). Male and female students in Indiana scored higher, on average, in science than the TIMSS scale average (table 2).
  • White students’ average scores were higher than the TIMSS scale average, while Black and Asian students scored lower, on average, than the TIMSS scale average. Hispanic and multiracial students’ average scores were not measurably different from the TIMSS scale average.
  • Students in public schools with at least 10 percent but less than 75 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch scored higher, on average, than the TIMSS scale average, while the average score of students in 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 8th-grade students in Indiana public schools compared with other participating education systems: 2011
 
Education systems higher than Indiana
Singapore Japan
Massachusetts-USA Minnesota-USA
Chinese Taipei-CHN Finland
Korea, Rep. of Alberta-CAN
 
Education systems not measurably different from Indiana
Slovenia Connecticut-USA
Russian Federation North Carolina-USA
Colorado-USA Florida-USA
Hong Kong-CHN United States
England-GBR Hungary
 
Education systems lower than Indiana
Ontario-CAN Abu Dhabi-UAE
Quebec-CAN Bahrain
Australia Thailand
Israel Jordan
Lithuania Tunisia
New Zealand Armenia
Sweden Saudi Arabia
Italy Malaysia
Ukraine Syrian Arab Republic
California-USA Palestinian Nat'l Auth.
Norway Georgia
Kazakhstan Oman
Alabama-USA Qatar
Dubai-UAE Macedonia, Rep. of
Turkey Lebanon
Iran, Islamic Rep. of Indonesia
Romania Morocco
United Arab Emirates Ghana
Chile
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 Indiana: 2011
 
Reporting groups Average score
TIMSS scale average 500
U.S. average 525 *
Indiana average 533 *
Sex
Female 526 *
Male 541 *
Race/ethnicity
White 546 *
Black 460 *
Hispanic 499
Asian 492 *
Multiracial 534
Percentage of public school students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch
Less than 10 percent
10 to 24.9 percent 563 *
25 to 49.9 percent 540 *
50 to 74.9 percent 519 *
75 percent or more 476
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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