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Table B.1.78a. Average TIMSS science scores of 4th-grade students, by education system: 1995, 2003, 2007, and 2011

Education system 1995   2003   2007   2011
Average score s.e.     Average score s.e.     Average score s.e.     Average score s.e.  
TIMSS scale average 500 0.0   500 0.0   500 0.0   500 0.0
Algeria         354 6.0    
Armenia     437 4.3   484 5.7   416 3.8
Australia 521 3.8   521 4.2   527 3.3   516 2.8
Austria 538 3.6         526 2.5   532 2.8
Azerbaijan             438 5.6
Bahrain             449 3.5
Belgium (Flemish)-BEL     518 1.8       509 2.0
Canada 525 3.1            
Chile             480 2.4
Chinese Taipei-CHN     551 1.7   557 2.0   552 2.2
Colombia         400 5.4    
Croatia             516 2.1
Cyprus 450 3.2   480 2.4        
Czech Republic 532 3.0       515 3.1   536 2.5
Denmark         517 2.9   528 2.8
El Salvador         390 3.4    
England-GBR 528 3.1   540 3.6     542 2.9     529 2.9
Finland             570 2.6
Georgia         418 4.6   455 3.8
Germany         528 2.4   528 2.9
Greece 473 5.3            
Hong Kong-CHN 508 3.3   542 3.1     554 3.5   535 3.8
Hungary 508 3.4   530 3.0     536 3.3     534 3.7
Iceland 479 4.3            
Iran, Islamic Rep. of 380 4.6   414 4.1   436 4.3   453 3.7
Ireland 515 3.5           516 3.4
Israel 482 4.9            
Italy     516 3.8   535 3.2     524 2.7
Japan 553 1.8   543 1.5   548 2.1   559 1.9
Kazakhstan         533 5.6     495 5.1
Korea, Rep. of 576 2.1           587 2.0
Kuwait 360 4.5       348 4.4   347 4.7
Latvia 486 4.9   532 2.5     542 2.3      
Lithuania     512 2.6   514 2.4   515 2.4
Malta             446 1.9
Moldova, Rep. of     496 4.6        
Mongolia         421 4.0    
Morocco     304 6.7   297 5.9   264 4.5
Netherlands 530 3.2   525 2.0   523 2.6   531 2.2
New Zealand 505 5.3   520 2.5   504 2.6   497 2.3
Northern Ireland-GBR             517 2.6
Norway 504 3.7   466 2.6   477 3.5   494 2.3
Oman             377 4.3
Philippines     332 9.4        
Poland             505 2.6
Portugal 452 4.1           522 3.9
Qatar         294 2.6   394 4.3
Romania             505 5.9
Russian Federation     526 5.2     546 4.8     552 3.5
Saudi Arabia             429 5.4
Scotland-GBR 514 4.5   502 2.9   500 2.3    
Serbia             516 3.1
Singapore 523 4.8   565 5.5   587 4.1   583 3.4
Slovak Republic         526 4.8   532 3.8
Slovenia 464 3.1   490 2.5   518 1.9   520 2.7
Spain             505 3.0
Sweden         525 2.9   533 2.7
Thailand 450 5.6           472 5.6
Tunisia     314 5.7   318 5.9   346 5.3
Turkey             463 4.5
Ukraine         474 3.1    
United Arab Emirates             428 2.5
United States 542 3.3     536 2.5     539 2.7     544 2.1  
Yemen         197 7.2   209 7.3
Benchmarking education systems                              
Abu Dhabi-UAE             411 4.9
Alberta-CAN         543 3.8     541 2.4  
British Columbia-CAN         537 2.7      
Dubai-UAE         460 2.8   461 2.3
Florida-USA             545 3.7  
Indiana-USA     553 3.7        
Massachusetts-USA         571 4.3    
Minnesota-USA         551 6.1      
North Carolina-USA             538 4.6  
Ontario-CAN     540 3.7     536 3.7     528 3.0
Quebec-CAN     500 2.5   517 2.7   516 2.7
∆ Score is higher than U.S. score (p <05).
▼ Score is lower than U.S. score (p <05).
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: Italics indicate participants identified and counted in this report as an education system and not as a separate country. "Education system" is defined at http://nces.ed.gov/timss/results11.asp. Population coverage, participation rates, or sampling procedures deviated from international standards for 4th-graders in the following education systems (years in parentheses): Alberta-CAN (11, 07), Australia (03, 95), Austria (95), Azerbaijan (11), British Columbia-CAN (07), Croatia (11), Denmark (11, 07), Dubai-UAE (07), England-GBR (03, 95), Florida-USA (11), Georgia (11, 07), Hong Kong-CHN (11, 03), Hungary (95), Israel (95), Kazakhstan (11, 07), Kuwait (11, 95), Latvia (07, 95), Lithuania (11, 07, 03), Massachusetts-USA (07), Minnesota-USA (07), Mongolia (07), Netherlands (11, 07, 03, 95), North Carolina-USA (11), Northern Ireland-GBR (11), Norway (11), Ontario-CAN (07), Qatar (11), Quebec-CAN (07), Scotland-GBR (07, 03, 95), Serbia (11), Singapore (11), Slovenia (95), Thailand (95), and the United States (11, 07, 03). Data from these education systems have issues that interfere with proper trend analysis: Armenia, Australia, Finland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Morocco, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, and Yemen. Details are available in the International Data Explorer Help Guide. The Science scale ranges from 0 to 1000. Some apparent differences between estimates may not be statistically significant. Standard error is noted by s.e.
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) International Data Explorer, retrieved March 12, 2013, from http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/international/ide. (This table was prepared March 2013.)
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