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Table D.2.04b. IEA: Percentage of eighth-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     78   0.2 454   0.6   17   0.1 427   1.2   5   0.1 394   1.9
                                             
Algeria     57   1.7 388   2.5   31   1.2 389   2.5   11   1.1 378   3.5
Armenia     97   0.5 499   3.5   3   0.4 479   9.0   #    
Australia     96   0.5 498   3.9   4   0.5 480   13.4   1   0.1  
Bahrain     81   0.8 397   1.8   14   0.6 408   4.5   5   0.5 397   7.1
Bosnia and Herzegovina     98   0.4 456   2.7   2   0.3     #    
                                             
Botswana     34   1.0 371   3.3   62   1.0 365   2.3   5   0.4 316   6.7
Bulgaria     89   1.7 472   4.6   10   1.6 401   12.8   1 ! 0.3  
Chinese Taipei     83   1.2 609   4.2   16   1.1 546   7.8   1   0.2  
Colombia     96   0.3 382   3.7   4   0.3 337   7.4   #    
Cyprus     91   0.5 469   1.7   6   0.4 440   5.8   2   0.3  
                                             
Czech Republic     98   0.3 504   2.4   2   0.3     #    
Egypt     82   1.2 391   3.7   15   1.0 402   6.4   3   0.4 384   12.2
El Salvador     97   0.3 342   2.7   2   0.3     1   0.2  
England     97   0.4 514   4.9   2   0.3     #    
Georgia     95   0.9 411   5.9   5   0.9 402   18.1   #    
                                             
Ghana     31   1.2 309   5.8   66   1.3 314   4.3   3   0.5 259   12.6
Hong Kong SAR1     91   1.0 580   5.2   8   0.7 513   12.7   2   0.4  
Hungary     99   0.3 518   3.4   1   0.2     1   0.2  
Indonesia     35   2.8 397   6.1   58   2.5 397   4.7   7   0.6 402   7.9
Iran, Islamic Rep. of     63   2.2 423   4.9   22   1.7 373   4.9   15   1.3 367   6.0
                                             
Israel     92   0.7 467   4.0   6   0.6 444   10.7   1 ! 0.3  
Italy     99   0.1 480   3.1   1   0.1     #    
Japan     98   0.2 571   2.4   1   0.2     #    
Jordan     89   0.9 429   4.1   8   0.7 418   10.0   3   0.4 414   12.7
Korea, Rep. of     95   0.4 600   2.7   5   0.4 549   7.5   #    
                                             
Kuwait     67   1.2 355   2.4   19   0.8 359   4.4   14   0.9 344   6.2
Lebanon     20   1.2 456   7.4   64   1.7 450   3.8   16   1.2 443   5.9
Lithuania     98   0.4 506   2.3   2   0.4     #    
Malaysia     64   2.1 465   5.6   28   1.6 486   6.9   9   0.9 504   11.0
Malta     17   0.4 505   3.1   46   0.7 488   1.9   38   0.7 481   2.2
                                             
Norway     96   0.4 472   2.0   3   0.3 434   6.4   1   0.2  
Oman     76   1.9 373   3.5   19   1.6 377   5.4   5   0.6 378   8.9
Palestinian Nat'l Auth.     87   1.4 369   3.7   10   1.1 369   9.8   3   0.5 355   12.7
Qatar     72   0.4 312   1.5   20   0.4 307   3.9   8   0.3 266   5.5
Romania     98   0.3 463   4.1   1 ! 0.3     #    
                                             
Russian Federation     93   1.8 513   4.0   6   1.6 497   11.2   1 ! 0.3  
Saudi Arabia     72   2.2 328   3.1   18   1.5 338   4.7   11   1.1 325   7.5
Scotland     96   0.5 490   3.6   3   0.4 463   10.5   1   0.2  
Serbia     97   0.8 487   3.2   2 ! 0.6     1   0.2  
Singapore     47   0.9 616   3.7   46   0.8 576   4.6   7   0.4 553   9.0
                                             
Slovenia     90   1.1 506   2.0   7   0.7 465   6.5   3   0.6 455   8.4
Sweden     94   0.6 494   2.1   4   0.5 455   7.9   1   0.2  
Syrian Arab Republic     86   1.0 397   3.8   11   0.8 388   7.6   3   0.4 378   11.5
Thailand     67   1.9 456   6.0   30   1.6 414   7.1   3   0.6 395   16.8
Tunisia     22   0.9 406   3.6   49   1.0 423   2.7   29   1.1 426   2.8
                                             
Turkey     89   1.2 440   5.0   10   1.2 370   5.5   1   0.2  
Ukraine     69   2.6 460   4.3   23   1.9 470   4.6   8   1.0 459   7.5
United States     91   0.7 512   2.8   8   0.7 474   5.3   1   0.1  
                                             
Benchmarking Participants                                            
   Basque Country, Spain     93   0.5 501   3.0   6   0.5 504   5.8   1 ! 0.3  
   British Columbia, Canada     85   1.8 506   3.0   10   0.9 533   7.5   5   1.2 517   6.6
   Dubai, UAE     58   1.2 463   3.3   37   1.1 466   3.9   5   0.7 471   11.8
   Massachusetts, United States   92   0.9 552   4.3   7   0.8 490   11.5   1 ! 0.3  
   Minnesota, United States     95   1.2 535   4.2   4   1.1 488   15.7   1   0.2  
                                             
   Ontario, Canada     90   1.3 518   3.2   9   1.1 515   14.3   1 ! 0.3  
   Quebec, Canada     91   1.2 529   3.3   7   0.9 522   10.7   2   0.4  
— 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. Morocco participated in TIMSS 2007 but did not satisfy guidelines for sample participation rates and is therefore not shown. 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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