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Minnesota's 2011 TIMSS Results in Grade 8 Science: A Summary


  • Public school students' average score was 553 at grade 8.
  • Higher percentages of Minnesota 8th-graders performed at or above each of the four TIMSS international benchmarks than the international medians. For example, 16 percent of 8th- graders in Minnesota performed at or above the Advanced benchmark (625) compared to the international median of 4 percent at grade 8 (see figure 12, Highlights from TIMSS 2011).
  • In Minnesota, males outperformed females by 12 score points on average in science at grade 8 (see figure 14, Highlights from TIMSS 2011). Male and female students scored higher, on average, in science than the TIMSS scale average (table 2).
  • White and multiracial students' average scores were higher than the TIMSS scale average while Black, Hispanic, and Asian students' average scores were not measurably different from the TIMSS scale average.
  • Students in public schools with 75 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch had average scores lower than the TIMSS scale average. All other groups scored, on average, above the TIMSS scale average.

Suggested Citation: Provasnik, S., Kastberg, D., Ferraro, D., Lemanski, N., Roey, S., and Jenkins, F. (2012). Highlights From TIMSS 2011: Mathematics and Science Achievement of U.S. Fourth- and Eighth-Grade Students in an International Context (NCES 2013-009). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.

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Table 1. Average science scores of 8th-grade students in Minnesota public schools compared with other participating education systems: 2011
Education systems higher than Minnesota
Singapore Chinese Taipei-CHN
Education systems not measurably different from Minnesota
Massachusetts-USA Alberta-CAN
Korea, Rep. of Slovenia
Japan Russian Federation
Finland Colorado-USA
Education systems lower than Minnesota
Hong Kong-CHN Iran, Islamic Rep. of
England-GBR Romania
Indiana-USA United Arab Emirates
Connecticut-USA Chile
North Carolina-USA Abu Dhabi-UAE
Florida-USA Bahrain
United States Thailand
Hungary Jordan
Ontario-CAN Tunisia
Quebec-CAN Armenia
Australia Saudi Arabia
Israel Malaysia
Lithuania Syrian Arab Republic
New Zealand Palestinian Nat'l Auth.
Sweden Georgia
Italy Oman
Ukraine Qatar
California-USA Macedonia, Rep. of
Norway Lebanon
Kazakhstan Indonesia
Alabama-USA Morocco
Dubai-UAE Ghana
SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 2011.
Table 2. Average science scores in grade 8 for selected student groups in public schools in Minnesota: 2011
Reporting groups Average score
TIMSS scale average 500
U.S. average 525 *
Minnesota average 553 *
Female 548 *
Male 559 *
White 570 *
Black 489
Hispanic 512
Asian 511
Multiracial 537 *
Percentage of public school students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch
Less than 10 percent 578 *
10 to 24.9 percent 570 *
25 to 49.9 percent 547 *
50 to 74.9 percent 555 *
75 percent or more 458 *
*p<.05. Difference between score and TIMSS scale average is significant.
NOTE: Black includes African American and Hispanic includes Latino. Racial categories exclude Hispanic origin. Not all race/ethnicity categories are shown, but they are all included in the U.S. and state totals shown throughout the report. The standard errors of the estimates are shown in table E-13 available at
SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 2011.