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

  Average score   s.e.   Average score   s.e.   Average score   s.e.
International average 463   0.7   469   0.8   -6 * 0.7
                       
Algeria 408   2.2   408   1.9   -1   2.3
Armenia 484   5.2   492   7.1   -8   4.8
Australia 524   5.4   505   5.1   18 * 7.7
Bahrain 437   2.6   499   1.9   -62 * 3.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina 467   2.9   464   3.4   3   2.8
                       
Botswana 343   3.6   365   3.7   -22 * 4.1
Bulgaria1  464   6.8   477   6.2   -12 * 5.9
Chinese Taipei 563   4.4   559   3.7   5   3.5
Colombia 435   3.7   400   4.4   35 * 4.5
Cyprus 444   2.4   460   2.8   -16 * 3.2
                       
Czech Republic 543   2.4   534   2.2   9 * 2.7
Egypt 400   4.6   417   4.8   -17 * 6.3
El Salvador 399   4.1   377   3.7   22 * 5.1
England2  546   5.8   537   4.6   9   5.5
Georgia3  410   5.2   432   4.8   -22 * 3.2
                       
Ghana 316   5.6   288   5.9   29 * 4.2
Hong Kong SAR4  528   6.6   533   4.5   -5   5.6
Hungary 545   3.3   533   3.5   12 * 3.3
Indonesia 428   3.6   426   3.8   2   3.2
Iran, Islamic Rep. of 453   5.4   466   4.6   -12   7.2
                       
Israel1  463   5.2   472   4.9   -9   5.2
Italy 499   3.1   491   3.3   8 * 3.1
Japan 556   2.5   552   2.8   4   3.8
Jordan 466   5.5   499   5.8   -34 * 8.2
Korea, Rep. of 557   2.5   549   2.7   8 * 3.2
                       
Kuwait5  391   4.2   441   3.4   -49 * 5.1
Lebanon 417   6.7   410   6.2   7   4.9
Lithuania3  519   2.7   518   3.2   1   2.9
Malaysia 466   6.7   475   6.4   -9   5.5
Malta 458   2.2   456   1.8   2   2.9
                       
Norway 486   3.0   487   2.4   -1   3.2
Oman 391   4.6   452   3.6   -61 * 5.9
Palestinian Nat'l Auth. 386   5.1   422   4.5   -36 * 6.5
Qatar 284   2.3   354   2.3   -70 * 3.1
Romania 458   4.6   466   4.1   -8 * 4.1
                       
Russian Federation 533   4.2   527   4.3   6   3.4
Saudi Arabia 383   3.9   426   2.9   -43 * 4.6
Scotland2  498   4.2   493   3.5   5   3.7
Serbia2,3  469   3.8   472   3.7   -3   4.0
Singapore 563   5.2   571   4.7   -8   4.4
                       
Slovenia 539   2.7   536   2.6   2   3.0
Sweden 510   2.8   512   3.0   -2   2.8
Syrian Arab Republic 457   4.2   448   3.3   9 * 4.7
Thailand 462   4.9   480   4.5   -18 * 4.2
Tunisia 455   2.6   436   2.3   19 * 2.4
                       
Turkey 452   4.0   457   4.0   -5   3.0
Ukraine 486   3.6   484   3.9   2   3.0
United States2,6 526   3.2   514   3.0   12 * 2.3
                       
*p <05. Average male - female score point difference is statistically significant.
1 National Defined Population covered less than 90 percent of National Target Population (but at least 77 percent).
2 National Defined Population covered 90 percent to 95 percent of National Target Population.
3 National Target Population did not include all of the International Target Population defined by the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
4 Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China.
5 Kuwait tested the same cohort of students as other countries, but later in 2007, at the beginning of the next school year.
6 Met guidelines for sample participation rates only after substitute schools were included.
NOTE: The National Target Population includes all students enrolled in the grade that represents 8 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 13.5 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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