Skip Navigation
small NCES header image

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


Summary

  • Public school students' average science score was 538 at grade 4 and 532 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, 12 percent of 4th-graders and 12 percent of 8th-graders in North Carolina 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 and by 12 score points at grade 8 (see figures 13 and 14, Highlights from TIMSS 2011). At both grade 4 and grade 8, male and female students in North Carolina scored higher, on average, in science than the TIMSS scale average (table 2).
  • At grade 4, White, Hispanic, Asian, and multiracial students scored, on average, above the TIMSS scale average. Black students' average scores were not measurably different from the TIMSS scale average.
  • At grade 8, White and Asian students scored, on average, above the TIMSS scale average while Black students scored lower, on average. Hispanic and multiracial students' average scores were not measurably different from the TIMSS scale average.
  • In general, at grade 4 students in public schools with less than 75 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch scored higher, on average, than the TIMSS scale average. Average scores among students in public schools with 75 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch were not measurably different from 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 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.

Excel FileExcel Version
Table 1. Average science 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
Korea, Rep. of Japan  Singapore Japan
Singapore Russian Federation  Massachusetts-USA Minnesota-USA
Finland Chinese Taipei-CHN  Chinese Taipei-CHN Finland
 Korea, Rep. of Alberta-CAN
   
Education systems not measurably different from North Carolina Education systems not measurably different from North Carolina
Florida-USA Slovak Republic  Slovenia Florida-USA
United States Austria  Russian Federation United States
Alberta-CAN Netherlands  Colorado-USA Hungary
Czech Republic England-GBR  Hong Kong-CHNOntario-CAN
Hong Kong-CHNDenmark  England-GBR Quebec-CAN
Hungary Germany  Indiana-USA Australia
Sweden Ontario-CAN  Connecticut-USA
   
Education systems lower than North Carolina Education systems lower than North Carolina
Italy Thailand  Israel Bahrain
Portugal Turkey  Lithuania Thailand
Slovenia Dubai-UAE  New Zealand Jordan
Northern Ireland-GBR Georgia  Sweden Tunisia
Quebec-CAN Iran, Islamic Rep. of  Italy Armenia
Ireland Bahrain  Ukraine Saudi Arabia
Croatia Malta  California-USA Malaysia
Australia Azerbaijan  Norway Syrian Arab Republic
Serbia Saudi Arabia  Kazakhstan Palestinian Nat'l Auth.
Lithuania United Arab Emirates  Alabama-USA Georgia
Belgium (Flemish)-BEL Armenia  Dubai-UAE Oman
Romania Abu Dhabi-UAE  Turkey Qatar
Spain Qatar  Iran, Islamic Rep. of Macedonia, Rep. of
Poland Oman  Romania Lebanon
New Zealand Kuwait  United Arab Emirates Indonesia
Kazakhstan Tunisia  Chile Morocco
Norway Morocco  Abu Dhabi-UAE Ghana
Chile Yemen  
 
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 North Carolina: 2011
 
Reporting groups Average score
Grade 4Grade 8
TIMSS scale average 500 500
U.S. average 544 * 525 *
North Carolina average 538 * 532 *
Sex
Female 534 * 526 *
Male 543 * 537 *
Race/ethnicity
White 565 * 565 *
Black 492 481 *
Hispanic 519 * 502
Asian 590 * 577 *
Multiracial 553 * 513
Percentage of public school students eligible
for free or reduced-price lunch
Less than 10 percent ‡ 595 *
10 to 24.9 percent 574 * 569 *
25 to 49.9 percent 555 * 538 *
50 to 74.9 percent 534 * 518
75 percent or more 498 504
‡ 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.

Would you like to help us improve our products and website by taking a short survey?

YES, I would like to take the survey

or

No Thanks

The survey consists of a few short questions and takes less than one minute to complete.
National Center for Education Statistics - http://nces.ed.gov
U.S. Department of Education