Table 1-7
Average TIMSS science scores of students in grades 4 and 8 in selected nations, relative to U.S. average: 2007
Nation Grade 4     Nation Grade 8
United States 539     United States 520
Score higher than U.S.   Score higher than U.S.  
Singapore 587 Singapore 567
Chinese Taipei 557 Chinese Taipei 561
Hong Kong SARa 554 Japan 554
Japan 548 Republic of Korea 553
    England 542
    Hungary 539
    Czech Republic 539
    Russian Federation 530
Score not statistically different from U.S.   Score not statistically different from U.S.  
Russian Federation 546 Hong Kong SARa 530
England 542 Australia 515
Hungary 536    
Italy 535    
Score lower than U.S.   Score lower than U.S.  
Germany 528 Sweden 511
Australia 527 Italy 495
Sweden 525 Norway 487
Denmark 517 Malaysia 471
Czech Republic 515     Thailand 471
Norway 477     Indonesia 427

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. (They are included in appendix table 1-10, which lists all nations.) For details, see source report. Tests for significance take into account the standard error for the reported difference.

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 11; and International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement data (2007). See appendix table 1-10.

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