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Table D.2.02a. IEA: Percentage of fourth-grade students and their average TIMSS science scores, by frequency with which they speak the language of the test at home and jurisdiction: 2007
 
Jurisdiction Always or almost always   Sometimes   Never
Percent   s.e. Average score   s.e.   Percent   s.e. Average score   s.e.   Percent   s.e. Average score   s.e.
    International average     84   0.2 483   0.7   12   0.2 438   1.5   4   0.1 386   3.2
                                             
Algeria     56   2.4 360   6.5   32   1.9 358   9.3   12   1.0 339   9.0
Armenia     95   0.6 486   5.9   4   0.4 458   12.0   1 ! 0.4  
Australia     90   1.0 533   3.0   8   1.0 487   8.7   1   0.2  
Austria     88   0.7 534   2.5   10   0.6 458   4.0   2   0.3  
Chinese Taipei     84   0.8 564   1.9   15   0.8 527   3.9   1   0.2  
                                             
Colombia     89   0.9 408   5.5   8   0.8 371   7.4   3   0.3 346   12.8
Czech Republic     97   0.3 516   3.2   2   0.3     #    
Denmark     94   0.9 522   2.7   6   0.9 450   11.6   1   0.2  
El Salvador     93   0.8 396   3.2   5   0.6 351   10.4   2   0.3  
England     93   0.6 546   2.9   6   0.6 487   8.4   1   0.1  
                                             
Georgia     92   0.7 422   4.5   8   0.6 393   9.3   #    
Germany     92   0.6 537   2.4   7   0.6 456   5.4   1   0.1  
Hong Kong SAR1     82   0.9 561   3.3   15   0.9 529   5.4   3   0.3 486   10.1
Hungary     98   0.4 538   3.3   2   0.4     #    
Iran, Islamic Rep. of     62   2.1 459   4.9   21   1.9 408   6.3   16   1.6 388   6.4
                                             
Italy     96   0.2 537   3.2   3   0.2 488   9.0   #    
Japan     99   0.2 549   2.1   1   0.1     #    
Kazakhstan     93   1.3 532   5.5   7   1.3 551   9.9   #    
Kuwait     74   1.8 356   5.0   18   1.3 361   6.4   8   1.2 351   11.1
Latvia     88   1.5 546   2.0   9   1.1 504   6.0   3   0.6 524   11.6
                                             
Lithuania     98   0.4 515   2.3   2   0.3     #    
Morocco     50   2.6 299   7.9   29   2.1 325   10.9   21   2.4 276   15.5
Netherlands     89   1.2 527   2.8   8   0.8 487   7.8   3   0.6 519   12.4
New Zealand     87   0.8 512   2.4   12   0.7 454   6.3   1   0.2  
Norway     94   0.5 480   3.5   5   0.4 426   8.0   1   0.2  
                                             
Qatar     71   0.6 325   2.5   20   0.6 242   4.4   9   0.3 207   7.7
Russian Federation     92   1.4 549   4.6   7   1.2 524   17.4   2 ! 0.6  
Scotland     91   0.8 504   2.3   6   0.5 468   6.1   3   0.6 446   10.9
Singapore     50   0.9 620   4.1   45   0.9 559   4.4   5   0.4 508   8.2
Slovak Republic     87   1.5 536   3.2   11   1.3 465   13.0   3   0.7 473   25.4
                                             
Slovenia     90   0.8 523   2.0   8   0.7 477   5.8   2   0.4  
Sweden     92   1.0 530   2.6   8   1.0 466   5.6   1   0.1  
Tunisia     26   1.7 325   8.9   49   2.0 338   6.4   25   1.8 303   8.8
Ukraine     74   2.1 471   3.4   21   1.7 488   5.2   5   0.6 476   8.5
United States     87   0.8 548   2.4   12   0.8 482   4.4   2   0.1  
                                             
Yemen     85   1.7 208   7.8   11   1.3 176   9.4   4   0.9 153   14.7
                                             
Benchmarking jurisdictions                                            
   Alberta, Canada     87   1.4 548   3.7   11   1.2 511   5.8   2   0.3  
   British Columbia, Canada     87   1.2 543   2.5   12   1.1 505   7.0   1 ! 0.3  
   Dubai, UAE     55   2.4 486   4.2   39   2.1 452   5.4   6   0.8 404   14.1
   Massachusetts, United States   93   1.0 575   3.8   6   1.0 519   13.0   1   0.2  
   Minnesota, United States   89   2.5 560   4.7   10   2.3 481   17.5   1 ! 0.4  
                                             
   Ontario, Canada     85   1.0 541   3.2   13   0.9 517   6.3   2   0.4  
   Quebec, Canada     90   0.9 519   2.6   8   0.8 498   5.6   1   0.2  
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. (Estimates are unstable.)
‡ Reporting standards not met. Too few observations to provide reliable estimates.
1 Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China.
NOTE: Background data provided by students. The International average is the average of the jurisdiction averages but does not include the Benchmarking jurisdictions. 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. Detail may not sum to totals because of 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 4.2. Chestnut Hill, MA: Boston College.
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