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Table B.1.30b. IEA: Percentage of eighth-grade students reaching the TIMSS international benchmarks in science, by jurisdiction: 2007

Jurisdiction Advanced
(625)
  High
(550)
  Intermediate
(475)
  Low
(400)
Percent   s.e.   Percent   s.e.   Percent   s.e.   Percent   s.e.
Algeria   #     1   0.2   14   0.8   55   1.2
Armenia   8   1.7   23   2.0   55   2.4   83   1.3
Australia   8   1.4   33   1.8   70   1.7   92   0.8
Bahrain   2   0.4   17   0.8   49   0.9   78   0.7
Bosnia and Herzegovina   2   0.3   14   1.0   47   1.7   80   1.2
                               
Botswana   #     2   0.3   11   0.7   35   1.3
Bulgaria1   5   0.9   22   1.8   51   2.4   76   2.1
Chinese Taipei   25   1.5   60   1.9   83   1.2   95   0.6
Colombia   1   0.1   4   0.5   22   1.5   59   2.1
Cyprus   1 ! 0.3   12   0.8   42   1.1   74   1.0
                               
Czech Republic   11   0.9   44   1.4   82   0.8   97   0.4
Egypt   1   0.1   7   0.6   27   1.4   55   1.6
El Salvador   #     1 ! 0.3   11   1.0   42   1.7
England2   17   1.6   48   2.3   79   1.9   94   0.9
Georgia3   #     5   0.7   27   1.9   61   2.4
                               
Ghana   #     1 ! 0.3   6   0.9   19   1.6
Hong Kong SAR2,4   10   1.0   45   2.6   77   2.2   92   1.3
Hungary   13   1.1   46   1.6   80   1.3   96   0.7
Indonesia   #     4   0.6   27   1.8   65   2.0
Iran, Islamic Rep. of   2   0.5   14   1.2   41   1.8   76   1.7
                               
Israel1   5   0.6   21   1.4   51   1.9   75   1.8
Italy   4   0.7   24   1.3   62   1.4   88   1.0
Japan   17   0.9   55   1.1   85   0.8   96   0.4
Jordan   5   0.6   26   1.5   56   1.8   79   1.4
Korea, Rep. of   17   0.9   54   1.1   85   0.8   97   0.4
                               
Kuwait5   #     6   0.7   28   1.2   60   1.4
Lebanon   1 ! 0.4   8   1.2   28   2.1   55   2.9
Lithuania3   8   0.6   36   1.4   72   1.4   93   0.8
Malaysia   3   0.7   18   2.2   50   2.7   80   2.2
Malta   5   0.3   21   0.6   48   0.7   71   0.6
                               
Norway   2   0.2   20   1.0   58   1.4   87   0.9
Oman   1   0.2   8   0.6   32   1.2   61   1.4
Palestinian Nat'l Auth.   1   0.2   9   0.6   28   1.2   54   1.5
Qatar   #     2   0.2   11   0.5   29   0.6
Romania   2   0.3   16   1.2   46   1.9   77   1.6
                               
Russian Federation   11   1.0   41   2.1   76   1.6   95   0.7
Saudi Arabia   #     2   0.5   18   1.0   52   1.4
Scotland2   5   0.6   26   1.5   61   1.8   87   1.1
Serbia3,6   2   0.3   16   1.1   51   1.6   81   1.1
Singapore   32   1.6   61   2.2   80   1.8   93   1.1
                               
Slovenia   11   0.7   45   1.2   81   1.1   97   0.5
Sweden   6   0.6   32   1.2   69   1.4   91   0.8
Syrian Arab Republic   1   0.2   9   0.8   39   1.6   76   1.5
Thailand   3   0.8   17   1.9   48   2.2   80   1.5
Tunisia   #     4   0.5   31   1.3   77   1.2
                               
Turkey   3   0.5   16   1.2   40   1.7   71   1.5
Ukraine   3   0.4   22   1.4   58   1.8   85   1.3
United States2,6   10   0.7   38   1.4   71   1.3   92   0.7
                               
Benchmarking jurisdictions                                
Basque Country, Spain 3   0.6   24   1.6   64   1.7   91   1.0
British Columbia, Canada1 7   0.9   38   1.6   77   1.2   95   0.6
Dubai, UAE5,7 6   0.8   27   1.8   58   1.6   82   1.1
Massachusetts, US6 20   1.8   56   2.5   84   2.0   96   0.9
Minnesota, US2,6 11   1.7   45   2.6   82   2.3   96   1.0
                             
Ontario, Canada6 7   1.1   37   2.0   77   1.7   96   1.0
Quebec, Canada1 4   0.8   27   1.5   68   1.7   94   0.9
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. (Estimates are unstable.)
1 National Defined Population covers less than 90 percent of the National Target Population (but at least 77 percent).
2 Met guidelines for sample participation rates only after substitute schools were included.
3 National Target Population does 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 and Dubai, UAE 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 covers 90 percent to 95 percent of the National Target Population.
7 Nearly satisfied guidelines for sample participation rates only after substitute schools were included.
NOTE: TIMSS scores are reported on a scale from 0 to 1,000. Benchmarks refer to the percentage of students who reached each cutpoint score along the scale (400, 475, 550, 625). For benchmark definitions and methodology see Mullis, Martin, and Foy (2008). Benchmarking jurisdictions are subnational entities that followed the same international guidelines as countries to participate in TIMSS. Apparent differences may not be statistically significant. 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. Mullis, I.V.S., Martin, M.O., and Foy, P. (2008). TIMSS 2007 International Science Report: Findings from IEA's Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study at the Fourth and Eighth Grades, exhibit 2.2. Chestnut Hill, MA: Boston College PDF File (14MB).
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