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Mathematics and Science Achievement of Eighth-Graders in 2003

Comparisons of the mathematics and science achievement of eighth-graders in 2003 are made among the 45 participating countries.

  • In 2003, U.S. eighth-graders exceeded the international average in mathematics and science. U.S. eighth-graders outperformed their peers in 25 countries in mathematics and 32 countries in science.
  • Eighth-graders in the five Asian countries that outperformed U.S. eighth-graders in mathematics in 2003-Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Korea, and Singapore-also outperformed U.S. eighth-graders in science in 2003, with eighth-graders in Estonia and Hungary performing better than U.S. students in mathematics and science as well.


  • Table 5 — Average mathematics scale scores of eighth-grade students, by country: 2003
  • Table 6 — Average science scale scores of eighth-grade students, by country: 2003

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