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Table C.1.10a. IEA: Percentage distribution and average science achievement of fourth-grade students as reported in TIMSS, by the Index of science teachers' perception of safety in school (TPSS) and country: 2007
Country, ordered by high TPSS High TPSS   Medium TPSS   Low TPSS  
2007
percent
of students
  Average
achievement
  Difference
in percent
from 2003
  2007
percent
of students
  Average
achievement
  Difference
in percent
from 2003
  2007
percent
of students
  Average
achievement
  Difference
in percent
from 2003
 
Percent s.e.   Score s.e.   Percent   s.e.     Percent   s.e.   Score s.e.   Percent   s.e.     Percent   s.e.   Score s.e.   Percent   s.e.  
International Avg. 80 0.5   478 0.9         15   0.4   464 1.9         5   0.3   414 4.7      
Singapore 96 1.1   586 4.0   8 ! 2.7   3 ! 1.1   632 20.4   -9 ! 2.7   #       #    
Austria 96 1.1   526 2.7         4   1.0   503 12.6         #          
Norway 95 1.7   476 3.6         4 ! 1.4   483 11.8                  
Czech Republic 94 1.5   516 3.3         6   1.4   506 13.1         #          
Slovak Republic 92 2.0   525 5.3         8   2.0   537 6.6         #          
     
Georgia 91 2.2   420 5.0         5 ! 1.5   409 10.1         4 ! 1.5   413 19.5      
Germany 91 1.5   532 2.5         9   1.6   480 14.8         #          
Lithuania 91 2.1   515 2.5   10 ! 3.8   7   1.8   513 5.7   -10 ! 3.3            
Hong Kong SAR 90 2.6   559 3.5         9   2.4   536 13.5                  
Scotland1 89 2.5   504 2.6   11 ! 4.0   11   2.5   476 10.0   -11 ! 4.0   #       -1   #  
                     
Kazakhstan 88 3.3   535 4.8         12   3.2   517 24.6         #          
Australia 87 2.3   532 4.1   9 ! 4.2   12   2.3   491 10.1         1 ! 0.4        
Kuwait1 86 3.1   354 6.2         12   2.8   306 13.8                  
Hungary 86 2.6   541 3.3         12   2.4   505 9.6                  
New Zealand 86 1.8   512 2.8         14   1.8   456 6.9         #       #    
     
Netherlands 86 2.9   528 3.1         10   2.1   482 7.7         5 ! 1.8   518 14.4      
England1 86 2.4   547 3.2   15 ! 4.7   14   2.4   508 6.1   -14 ! 4.7   #          
Qatar 85 0.1   288 2.8         15   0.1   313 4.4         #          
Ukraine 84 3.0   475 3.6         14   2.8   465 6.7                  
Denmark 84 3.1   523 3.0         15   3.2   503 7.0                  
     
Slovenia 84 2.0   518 2.1   11 ! 4.6   14   1.9   519 4.8   -9 ! 4.4   2 ! 0.8        
Italy 83 2.4   538 3.1   18   4.2   15   2.0   527 10.5   -9 ! 3.6            
Sweden 83 2.9   529 2.8         16   2.8   507 7.1                  
Russian Federation 82 3.2   546 5.2         18   3.2   553 7.5         #          
Iran, Islamic Rep. of 81 3.1   439 4.9   #       14   2.6   427 10.6         5 ! 1.8   424 24.9      
     
Chinese Taipei 80 3.2   558 2.5         18   3.0   554 4.9                  
United States 78 2.5   549 3.1         21   2.4   498 6.4                  
Latvia 74 3.3   542 2.5         24   3.3   545 3.9         2 ! 0.6        
Yemen 72 4.3   202 8.3         26   4.2   201 16.0                  
Algeria 68 4.8   356 6.7         24   4.3   342 18.6         8 ! 2.5   352 17.5      
     
Japan 67 3.6   548 2.4         30   3.4   548 3.2             546 6.7      
Tunisia1 66 3.7   312 8.4   -14 ! 5.3   17   3.1   334 13.3         17   3.1   320 10.5      
El Salvador 63 3.8   391 6.1         22   3.3   386 9.6         15   3.3   379 9.7      
Colombia 52 5.8   407 10.3         26   4.1   391 8.9         22   4.9   403 10.1      
Morocco2 40 3.9   308 12.4         30   3.4   283 11.1   #       29   3.5   288 14.4      
     
Armenia2 38 4.0   487 10.1   -44   6.2   23   3.4   459 10.6         39   3.5   499 9.9   36   3.8
Benchmarking Participants                                                                    
Dubai, UAE2 98 0.2   452 6.0         2   0.2           #          
Massachusetts, US 91 4.0   577 4.5         8 ! 3.9   527 10.0         1   #        
Alberta, Canada 90 2.4   544 4.3         9   2.4   530 6.2         1 ! 0.3        
Quebec, Canada 89 2.7   522 2.9         8   2.2   486 8.2   -10 ! 4.1   3 ! 1.3   517 9.5   #    
British Columbia, Canada1 88 2.9   539 2.7         12   2.9   513 11.2         #          
     
Minnesota, US 87 6.0   561 5.3         13   6.0   495 20.2         #          
Ontario, Canada 84 3.5   540 3.8         15   3.5   505 12.1         #       #    
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution, estimates are unstable. The coefficient of variation is greater than or equal to .3 but less than .5.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Either data are insufficient to report achievement or the coefficient of variation is greater than or equal to .5.
∆ 2007 percent significantly higher at the p<0.05 level.
▼ 2007 percent significantly lower at the p<0.05 level.
1 Data are available for at least 70 percent but less than 85 percent of students.
2 Data are available for at least 50 percent but less than 70 percent of students.
NOTE: Index of science teachers' perception of safety in school (TPSS) based on teachers' responses to three statements about their schools: this school is located in a safe neighborhood; I feel safe at this school; and this school's security policies and practices are sufficient. High level indicates that the teacher agrees a lot or agrees to all three statements. Low level indicates that teacher disagrees or disagrees a lot to all three statements. Medium level includes all other combinations of responses. Standard error is noted by s.e. Detail may not sum to total due to rounding.
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 8.14. Chestnut Hill, MA: Boston College.
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