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Table D.2.04a. IEA: Percentage of fourth-grade students and their average TIMSS mathematics 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   0.2 478   0.6   12   0.2 445   1.4   4   0.1 395   2.8
                                             
Algeria     56   2.4 382   5.4   32   1.9 382   8.4   12   1.0 368   8.4
Armenia     95   0.6 501   4.5   4   0.4 470   6.9   1 ! 0.4  
Australia     90   1.0 519   3.2   8   1.0 498   11.5   1   0.2  
Austria     88   0.7 510   1.8   10   0.6 465   3.9   2   0.3  
Chinese Taipei     84   0.8 582   1.7   15   0.8 550   3.4   1   0.2  
                                             
Colombia     89   0.9 363   4.9   8   0.8 323   8.9   3   0.3 298   9.7
Czech Republic     97   0.3 487   2.8   2   0.3     #    
Denmark     94   0.9 527   2.3   6   0.9 473   11.4   1   0.2  
El Salvador     93   0.8 336   3.7   5   0.6 287   13.4   2   0.3  
England     93   0.6 545   3.0   6   0.6 493   7.8   1   0.1  
                                             
Georgia     92   0.7 442   4.1   8   0.6 421   9.5   #    
Germany     92   0.6 532   2.3   7   0.6 483   4.7   1   0.1  
Hong Kong SAR1     82   0.9 614   3.4   15   0.9 582   4.9   3   0.3 542   8.6
Hungary     98   0.4 512   3.4   2   0.4     #    
Iran, Islamic Rep. of     62   2.1 421   4.6   21   1.9 381   5.4   16   1.6 365   6.1
                                             
Italy     96   0.2 508   3.2   3   0.2 477   8.2   #    
Japan     99   0.2 570   2.1   1   0.1     #    
Kazakhstan     93   1.3 548   7.3   7   1.3 561   10.1   #    
Kuwait     74   1.8 322   4.4   18   1.3 328   4.9   8   1.2 305   8.9
Latvia     88   1.5 540   2.1   9   1.1 511   6.8   3   0.6 532   13.6
                                             
Lithuania     98   0.4 531   2.3   2   0.3     #    
Morocco     50   2.6 334   5.7   29   2.1 369   8.0   21   2.4 335   12.8
Netherlands     89   1.2 538   2.3   8   0.8 507   5.2   3   0.6 523   10.9
New Zealand     87   0.8 498   2.1   12   0.7 458   5.9   1   0.2  
Norway     94   0.5 476   2.5   5   0.4 435   7.2   1   0.2  
                                             
Qatar     71   0.6 307   1.5   20   0.6 286   3.2   9   0.3 264   3.4
Russian Federation     92   1.4 547   5.0   7   1.2 524   16.7   2 ! 0.6  
Scotland     91   0.8 498   2.3   6   0.5 466   5.3   3   0.6 437   9.5
Singapore     50   0.9 623   3.9   45   0.9 580   4.0   5   0.4 539   8.2
Slovak Republic     87   1.5 505   3.2   11   1.3 451   11.9   3   0.7 438   22.2
                                             
Slovenia     90   0.8 506   2.1   8   0.7 471   5.5   2   0.4  
Sweden     92   1.0 506   2.4   8   1.0 467   4.9   1   0.1  
Tunisia     26   1.7 327   7.0   49   2.0 343   5.0   25   1.8 320   6.5
Ukraine     74   2.1 466   3.3   21   1.7 483   5.9   5   0.6 476   8.6
United States     87   0.8 535   2.3   12   0.8 493   4.4   2   0.1  
Yemen     85   1.7 233   6.2   11   1.3 212   10.6   4   0.9 175   14.5
                                             
Benchmarking jurisdictions                                            
   Alberta, Canada     87   1.4 507   3.0   11   1.2 497   4.9   2   0.3  
   British Columbia, Canada     87   1.2 507   2.7   12   1.1 502   6.4   1 ! 0.3  
   Dubai, UAE     55   2.4 463   3.3   39   2.1 438   5.5   6   0.8 405   9.5
   Massachusetts, United States   93   1.0 576   3.2   6   1.0 533   12.8   1   0.2  
   Minnesota, United States     89   2.5 561   5.0   10   2.3 493   15.2   1 ! 0.4  
                                             
   Ontario, Canada     85   1.0 514   2.7   13   0.9 508   5.5   2   0.4  
   Quebec, Canada     90   0.9 521   3.1   8   0.8 508   6.4   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 Mathematics 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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