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Table B.1.15b. Average TIMSS mathematics scores of eighth-grade students, and cutpoint scores for bottom and top 10 percent of students in each jurisdiction, by jurisdiction: 2007

        Cutpoint score
Jurisdiction Average score s.e   Bottom 10 percent s.e   Top 10 percent s.e  
International average 500 0.0 339 0.9 559 0.7
 
Algeria 387 2.1 311 3.2 465 1.9
Armenia 499 3.5 390 5.3 601 6.3  
Australia 496 3.9 394 8.3   600 7.9  
Bahrain 398 1.6 289 5.3 505 5.3
Bosnia and Herzegovina 456 2.7 352 3.6 552 2.6
                   
Botswana 364 2.3 264 3.6 460 3.8
Bulgaria 464 5.0 324 9.4 586 4.6
Chinese Taipei 598 4.5 448 6.5 721 4.6
Colombia 380 3.6 281 6.7 477 3.6
Cyprus 465 1.6 347 2.5 575 5.1
                   
Czech Republic 504 2.4   408 3.2   599 3.6  
Egypt 391 3.6 258 4.4 521 4.5
El Salvador 340 2.8 248 2.6 433 3.2
England1 513 4.8   400 9.0   618 6.8  
Georgia2 410 6.0 280 8.4 532 10.1
                   
Ghana 309 4.4 192 5.3 428 5.5
Hong Kong SAR1,3 572 5.8 438 14.9   681 4.3
Hungary 517 3.5   405 4.3   624 5.4
Indonesia 397 3.8 286 8.7 509 5.4
Iran, Islamic Republic of 403 4.1 295 4.7 516 7.6
                   
Israel4 463 3.9 328 8.3 584 7.3
Italy 480 3.0 381 5.3 574 6.3
Japan 570 2.4 460 5.5 677 4.0
Jordan 427 4.1 290 7.2 556 3.9
Korea, Republic of 597 2.7 475 3.9 711 3.7
                   
Kuwait5 354 2.3 252 4.6 455 2.6
Lebanon 449 4.0 354 5.8 549 3.9
Lithuania2 506 2.3   402 5.3   609 3.6  
Malaysia 474 5.0 372 8.0 578 5.9
Malta 488 1.2 359 2.9 597 1.8
                   
Norway 469 2.0 382 2.3 552 2.3
Oman 372 3.4 245 6.5 492 2.8
Palestinian National Authority 367 3.5 233 6.4 498 2.5
Qatar 307 1.4 186 3.1 427 2.3
Romania 461 4.1 328 7.5 587 4.3
                   
Russian Federation 512 4.1   402 6.9   617 4.7  
Saudi Arabia 329 2.9 231 4.3 429 4.5
Scotland1 487 3.7 381 6.5 590 4.7
Serbia2,6 486 3.3 368 3.8 597 5.4  
Singapore 593 3.8 463 8.7 706 4.3
                   
Slovenia 501 2.1 409 3.3   594 3.1
Sweden 491 2.3 399 4.1   582 2.8
Syrian Arab Republic 395 3.8 290 5.0 502 6.2
Thailand 441 5.0 327 4.7 562 11.0
Tunisia 420 2.4 336 2.7 508 2.2
                   
Turkey 432 4.8 297 4.9 581 7.7
Ukraine 462 3.6 346 7.0 572 4.6
United States1,6 508 2.8   408 3.4   607 3.3  
∆ Score is higher than U.S. score (p <.05).
▼Score is lower than U.S. score (p <.05).
1 Met guidelines for sample participation rates only after substitute schools were included.
2 National Target Population did not include all of the International Target Population defined by the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
3 Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China.
4 National Defined Population covered less than 90 percent of the National Target Population (but at least 77 percent).
5 Kuwait tested the same cohort of students as other countries, but later in 2007, at the beginning of the next school year.
6 National Defined Population covered 90 percent to 95 percent of the National Target Population.
NOTE: Mathematics scores are reported on a scale from 0 to 1,000. A cutpoint score is the threshold score for an established level of performance. The cutpoint scores for students in the top 10 percent is the 90th percentile score within the jurisdiction. The cutpoint score for students in the bottom 10 percent is the 10th percentile score within the jurisdiction. The tests for significance take into account the standard error for the reported difference. Thus, a small difference between the United States and one jurisdiction may be significant while a large difference between the United States and another jurisdiction may not be significant.
SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 2007. Provasnik, S., Gonzales, P., and Miller, D. (2009). U.S. Performance Across International Assessments of Student Achievement: Special Supplement to The Condition of Education 2009 (NCES 2009-083), table 5 and table S-5. National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
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