Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 was released last week, and for the most part little has changed for science achievement since 2007. In 2011, the average science score of U.S. 4th-graders (544) was higher than the international TIMSS scale average (500). The United States was among the top 10 education systems in science, and scored higher than 47 education systems. Six education systems with average scores above the U.S. were Korea, Singapore, Finland, Japan, the Russian Federation, and Chinese Taipei-CHN. The average science score of U.S. 8th graders in 2011 was 525, higher than the TIMSS average scale score of 500. At grade 8, the United States was among the top 23 education systems in science (12 education systems had higher averages and 10 were not measurably different) and scored higher, on average, than 33 education systems. The 12 education systems with average science scores above the U.S. score were Singapore, Massachusetts-USA, Chinese Taipei-CHN, Korea, Japan, Minnesota-USA, Finland, Alberta-CAN, Slovenia, the Russian Federation, Colorado-USA, and Hong Kong-CHN. There was no measurable difference between the U.S. average science score at grade 8 in 2007 (520) and in 2011 (525) or at grade 4 in 2007 (539) and in 2011 (544). In 2011, 57 countries and other education systems administered TIMSS at grade 4, and 56 administered TIMSS at grade 8. Published December 17, 2012.

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National Center for Education Statistics Ta-Shana Taylor
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February 18, 2013 Learning/Education, Student Preparedness, education statistics
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