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Mathematics and Science Achievement of Eighth-Graders in 1999

  • In 1999, U.S. eighth-graders exceeded the international average of 38 nations in mathematics and science.
  • In 1999, the United States was one of 34 participating nations in which eighth-grade boys and girls performed similarly in mathematics. The United States was one of 16 participating nations in which eighth-grade boys outperformed eighth-grade girls in science.
Mathematics   Science
Nation Average Nation Average
Singapore 604 Chinese Taipei 569
Korea, Republic of 587 Singapore 568
Chinese Taipei 585 Hungary 552
Hong Kong SAR 582 Japan 550
Japan 579 Korea, Republic of 549
Belgium-Flemish 558 Netherlands 545
Netherlands 540 Australia 540
Slovak Republic 534 Czech Republic 539
Hungary 532 England 538
Canada 531 Finland 535
Slovenia 530 Slovak Republic 535
Russian Federation 526 Belgium-Flemish 535
Australia 525 Slovenia 533
Finland 520 Canada 533
Czech Republic 520 Hong Kong SAR 530
Malaysia 519 Russian Federation 529
Bulgaria 511 Bulgaria 518
Latvia-LSS 505 United States 515
United States 502 New Zealand 510
England 496 Latvia-LSS 503
New Zealand 491 Italy 493
Lithuania 482 Malaysia 492
Italy 479 Lithuania 488
Cyprus 476 Thailand 482
Romania 472 Romania 472
Moldova 469 Israel 468
Thailand 467 Cyprus 460
Israel 466 Moldova 459
Tunisia 448 Macedonia, Republic of 458
Macedonia, Republic of 447 Jordan 450
Turkey 429 Iran, Islamic Republic of 448
Jordan 428 Indonesia 435
Iran, Islamic Republic of 422 Turkey 433
Indonesia 403 Tunisia 430
Chile 392 Chile 420
Philippines 345 Philippines 345
Morocco 337 Morocco 323
South Africa 275 South Africa 243
Average is significantly higher than the U.S. average
Average does not differ significantly from the U.S. average
Average is significantly lower than the U.S. average

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