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Table B.1.29a. Average TIMSS science scores of fourth-grade students, by sex and jurisdiction: 2007

  Average score   s.e.   Average score   s.e.   Average score   s.e.    
International average 474   1.2   477   1.2   -3 * 0.7    
                           
Algeria 349   6.0   359   6.5   -10 * 3.2    
Armenia 476   5.2   493   7.3   -17 * 5.3    
Australia 530   3.5   525   4.0   5   3.5    
Austria 532   2.9   519   2.7   13 * 2.6    
Chinese Taipei 558   2.4   556   2.3   2   2.5    
                           
Colombia 408   6.0   393   5.5   15 * 3.7    
Czech Republic 518   3.4   511   3.7   7 * 3.3    
Denmark1  520   3.6   514   3.2   6   3.9    
El Salvador 396   4.6   383   4.5   13 * 6.1    
England 540   3.4   543   3.1   -3   3.0    
                           
Georgia2  413   5.1   423   4.7   -10 * 3.6    
Germany 535   2.9   520   2.6   15 * 2.7    
Hong Kong SAR3  556   4.3   553   3.6   3   3.7    
Hungary 538   3.6   535   4.4   3   4.5    
Iran, Islamic Rep. of 429   6.0   443   5.6   -14   7.9    
                           
Italy 541   3.7   529   3.2   13 * 2.6    
Japan 547   2.4   548   2.5   -1   2.6    
Kazakhstan2  532   6.3   533   5.5   -1   3.6    
Kuwait4  315   7.3   379   4.6   -64 * 8.6    
Latvia2  539   3.0   545   2.8   -6   3.6    
                           
Lithuania2  512   2.9   516   2.7   -4   3.0    
Morocco 292   6.8   302   6.4   -10   6.1    
Netherlands5  528   2.8   518   3.0   11 * 2.5    
New Zealand 502   3.5   506   2.8   -4   3.5    
Norway 478   4.2   475   3.8   2   3.9    
                           
Qatar 281   2.8   307   2.9   -26 * 2.7    
Russian Federation 544   5.0   548   5.1   -4   3.2    
Scotland1  501   2.4   500   3.0   2   3.0    
Singapore 587   4.4   587   4.4   #      
Slovak Republic 530   4.8   521   5.2   8 * 2.9    
                           
Slovenia 518   2.4   518   2.4   #      
Sweden 524   3.7   526   2.7   -2   2.9    
Tunisia 304   6.2   335   6.4   -31 * 4.8    
Ukraine 473   3.5   475   3.4   -2   3.1    
United States6 541   3.1   536   3.0   5   2.7    
                           
Yemen 188   8.1   209   9.9   -21   10.8    
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
*p <05. Average male - female score point difference is statistically significant.
1 Met guidelines for sample participation rates only after substitute schools were included.
2 The 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 Kuwait tested the same cohort of students as other countries, but later in 2007, at the beginning of the next school year.
5 Nearly satisfied guidelines for sample participation rates only after substitute schools were included.
6 National Defined Population covered 90 percent to 95 percent of the National Target Population.
NOTE: The National Target Population includes all students enrolled in the grade that represents 4 years of formal schooling, counting from the first year of the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED97) level 1, provided that the mean age at the time of testing is 9.5 years. Schools included in the National Target Population may be excluded from the population of schools that are ultimately sampled for the assessment for various reasons, including having a geographically remote location, having too few students, or being specifically for special needs students. This final population from which schools will be sampled is the National Defined Population. The male-female score point difference is calculated by subtracting the average scores of females from the average scores of males. Apparent differences may not be statistically significant. Detail may not sum to total due to rounding. Standard error is noted by s.e.
SOURCE: Data from the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 2007. Gonzales, P., Williams, T., Jocelyn, L., Roey, S., Kastberg, D., and Brenwald, S. (2008). Highlights From TIMSS 2007: Mathematics and Science Achievement of U.S. Fourth- and Eighth-Grade Students in an International Context (NCES 2009—001 Revised), table E-30. National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
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