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Mathematics and Science Achievement of Eighth-Graders between 1995 and 2003

Comparisons of the mathematics and science achievement of eighth-graders between 1995 and 2003 are made for the 35 countries that collected data in 2003 and at least one prior year, either 1995 or 1999.

  • U.S. eighth-graders improved their average mathematics and science performances in 2003 compared to 1995. Moreover, the data suggest that the performance of U.S. eighth-graders in both mathematics and science was higher in 2003 than it was in 1995 relative to the 21 other countries that participated in the studies.
  • U.S. eighth-grade boys and girls, and U.S. eighth-grade Blacks and Hispanics improved their mathematics and science performances from 1995. As a result, the gap in achievement between White and Black eighth-graders narrowed in both mathematics and science over this time period.

Tables

  • Table 7 — Differences in average mathematics scale scores of eighth-grade students, by country: 1995, 1999, and 2003
  • Table 8 — Differences in average science scale scores of eighth-grade students, by country: 1995, 1999, and 2003

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