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Table B.1.79b. Average TIMSS science content domain scores of 8th-grade students, by education system: 2011

Education system Biology   Chemistry   Physics   Earth science
Average score s.e.   Average score s.e.   Average score s.e.   Average score s.e.
Singapore1 594 4.8   590 4.7   602 4.2   566 4.5
Korea, Rep. of 561 2.4   551 2.2   577 2.8   548 3.2
Japan 561 2.3   560 2.6   558 2.7   548 2.8
Chinese Taipei-CHN 557 2.5   585 3.9   552 3.4   568 2.9
Finland 548 2.9   554 2.5   540 2.7   574 3.0
Russian Federation1 537 3.3   554 3.5   547 3.5   535 3.7
Hong Kong-CHN 535 3.5   526 3.6   539 3.6   539 3.7
England-GBR2 533 4.9   529 5.2   533 4.6   536 5.3
Slovenia 532 2.7   558 3.2   532 2.8   560 3.2
United States1 530 2.5   520 2.6   513 2.5   533 2.8
Australia 527 4.7   501 5.1   511 5.1   533 5.4
Israel3 523 4.1   514 5.1   514 4.1   504 4.4
Hungary 520 3.0   534 3.4   525 3.7   511 3.3
Lithuania4 517 2.8   517 2.3   503 3.3   517 3.5
New Zealand 514 4.7   501 5.1   509 4.6   523 4.8
Sweden 513 3.0   502 2.7   498 3.2   520 2.8
Italy 503 3.0   491 3.1   490 2.8   513 3.8
Ukraine 492 3.1   512 3.9   503 3.8   495 3.6
Norway 491 2.5   488 2.8   481 3.6   516 3.5
Turkey 484 3.7   477 4.0   494 3.7   468 3.5
Kazakhstan 483 4.3   508 4.8   489 4.2   472 4.9
Iran, Islamic Rep. of 466 3.8   469 4.4   483 4.1   477 3.9
United Arab Emirates 463 2.4   464 2.2   461 2.3   466 2.5
Chile 462 2.5   447 3.0   453 2.6   476 2.8
Thailand 460 4.3   436 4.6   430 4.5   466 4.1
Romania 458 3.8   469 4.3   456 3.9   470 3.6
Tunisia 449 3.0   434 3.3   436 2.6   414 3.6
Bahrain 449 2.1   448 2.7   457 1.8   451 1.8
Jordan 447 4.3   463 4.4   446 4.2   436 4.2
Georgia4,5 435 3.3   395 3.2   401 4.2   417 3.7
Saudi Arabia 430 4.5   428 4.4   437 4.2   441 3.5
Malaysia 427 6.2   426 6.6   435 6.6   401 6.5
Syrian Arab Republic 425 4.3   424 3.7   426 4.4   414 4.8
Armenia 420 3.2   452 3.9   441 3.7   421 3.3
Qatar 411 4.2   416 4.1   426 3.8   408 3.8
Indonesia 410 4.7   378 4.9   397 5.4   412 5.6
Oman 407 3.6   408 3.5   427 3.3   431 3.0
Palestinian Nat'l Auth. 407 3.9   432 4.0   432 3.8   406 3.3
Macedonia, Rep. of 400 6.0   416 5.5   398 6.0   403 6.5
Lebanon 395 5.2   435 5.3   405 5.4   365 6.4
Morocco 378 3.0   374 2.2   349 2.5   377 3.3
Ghana6 290 6.2   331 5.9   292 5.9   265 6.5
Benchmarking education systems                      
Massachusetts-USA1,4 575 5.2   568 6.0   555 5.7   577 6.0
Minnesota-USA4 563 5.5   538 5.0   541 5.6   574 6.2
Alberta-CAN1 554 2.7   521 2.6   545 2.4   559 2.7
Colorado-USA4 551 4.6   528 5.1   530 5.3   555 4.6
North Carolina-USA3,4 541 6.0   531 7.2   510 6.0   540 6.5
Indiana-USA1,4 540 5.0   526 5.0   522 5.1   540 5.8
Connecticut-USA1,4 539 5.0   520 5.3   520 5.4   542 5.6
Ontario-CAN1 531 2.6   495 2.5   521 2.7   528 3.4
Florida-USA1,4 529 7.9   525 8.2   530 7.2   536 7.7
Quebec-CAN 525 2.9   515 3.1   502 3.2   536 2.9
California-USA1,4 500 4.7   503 6.0   487 4.6   499 4.8
Alabama-USA4 491 6.1   480 6.6   476 5.9   487 7.9
Dubai-UAE 485 2.7   487 2.3   482 2.1   487 3.1
Abu Dhabi-UAE 459 4.3   461 3.9   459 3.9   461 4.7
1National Defined Population covers 90 to 95 percent of National Target Population (see appendix A of source publication).
2Nearly satisfied guidelines for sample participation rates after replacement schools were included.
3National Defined population covers less than 90 percent, but at least 77 percent of National Target population (see appendix A of source publication).
4National Target Population does not include all of the International Target Population (see appendix A of source publication).
5Exclusion rates for Georgia are slightly underestimated as some conflict zones were not covered and no official statistics were available.
6The TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center has reservations about the reliability of the average achievement score because the percentage of students with achievement too low for estimation exceeds 15 percent, though it is less than 25 percent.
NOTE: Education systems are ordered by average score in biology domain. Italics indicate participants identified and counted in this report as an education system and not as a separate country. "Education system" is defined on page 1 of source publication. Participants that did not administer TIMSS at the target grade are not shown; see the international report for their results. All U.S. state data are based on public school students only. The Science scale ranges from 0 to 1000. Standard error is noted by s.e.
SOURCE: Provasnik, S., Kastberg, D., Ferraro, D., Lemanski, N., Roey, S., and Jenkins, F. (2012). Highlights From TIMSS 2011: Mathematics and Science Achievement of U.S. Fourth- and Eighth-Grade Students in an International Context (NCES 2013–009), supplemental table E-27. National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
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