Table 1-6
TIMSS mathematics scores at the 90th percentile for students in grades 4 and 8, by selected nations: 2007
Nation Grade 4     Nation Grade 8
United States 625     United States 607
Score higher than U.S.   Score higher than U.S.  
Singapore 702 Chinese Taipei 721
Hong Kong SARa 691 Republic of Korea 711
Chinese Taipei 663 Singapore 706
Japan 663 Hong Kong SARa 681
Russian Federation 647 Japan 677
England 647 Hungary 624
Score not statistically different from U.S.   Score not statistically different from U.S.  
Australia 620 England 618
Hungary 620 Russian Federation 617
    Australia 600
    Czech Republic 599
Score lower than U.S.   Score lower than U.S.  
Denmark 611 Sweden 582
Germany 607 Malaysia 578
Italy 601 Italy 574
Sweden 586 Thailand 562
Czech Republic 576 Norway 552
Norway 566 Indonesia 509

TIMSS = Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
aHong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China.

NOTES: Scores on separate 0–1000 scales for each grade. Nations ordered by 2007 average score, within categories. A few nations did not meet TIMSS guidelines for sampling, participation rates, or related issues. (These nations are included in source report's table, which lists all nations.) For details, see source report. Tests for significance take into account the standard error for the reported difference. Score at the 90th percentile is score in each distribution that is greater than 90% of all scores.

SOURCES: Gonzales P, Williams T, Jocelyn L, Roey S, Kastberg D, Brenwald S, Highlights From TIMSS 2007: Mathematics and Science Achievement of U.S. Fourth- and Eighth-Grade Students in an International Context, NCES 2009–001 (2008), table 9; and International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement data (2007).

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