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Percentage of 4th-grade students reaching the TIMSS international benchmarks in mathematics, by education system: 2011

TIMSS Results 2003

Table 1. Average mathematics scale scores of fourth-grade students, by country: 2003

Country Average Score
International Average 495
Singapore 594
Hong Kong SAR1,2 575
Japan 565
Chinese Taipei 564
Belgium-Flemish 551
Netherlands2 540
Latvia 536
Lithuania3 534
Russian Federation 532
England2 531
Hungary 529
United States2 518
Cyprus 510
Moldova, Republic of 504
Italy 503
Australia2 499
New Zealand 493
Scotland2 490
Slovenia 479
Armenia 456
Norway 451
Iran, Islamic Republic of 389
Philippines 358
Morocco 347
Tunisia 339
Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Belgium-Flemish, Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Russian Federation, England, Hungary  Average is higher than the U.S. average.
United States  Average is not measurably different from the.
International average, Cyprus, Republic of Moldova, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Slovenia, Armenia, Norway, Islamic Republic of Iran, Philippines, Morocco, Tunisia  Average is lower than the U.S. average
1 Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China.
2 Met international guidelines for participation rates in 2003 only after replacement schools were included.
3 National desired population does not cover all of the international desired population.
NOTE: Countries are ordered by 2003 average score. The test for significance between the United States and the international average was adjusted to account for the U.S. contribution to the international average. Countries were required to sample students in the upper of the two grades that contained the largest number of 9-year-olds. In the United States and most countries, this corresponds to grade 4. See table A1 in appendix A for details.
SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 2003.

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