The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) was administered in the US in Spring 2007 to 4th and 8th graders. It evaluates how well students have learned science and mathematics. The results are compared to previous years and to other participating countries. The National Center for Education Statistics released the results of the report last week.
The average score in math and science of US fourth and eight graders was higher than the average TIMSS scale average. It was also higher than the results of the 1995 testing. For this, I think math and science teachers deserve our thanks and deep appreciation!
In math, fourth graders scored higher than those of 23 of the 35 countries that participated in the 2007 study. Eight graders scored higher than those of 37 of the 47 countries that participated.
In science, fourth graders scored higher than 25 of the 35 countries. Eight graders scored higher than 35 of the 47 countries.
The difference in the scores of the countries that scored higher than the US and the US is not always significant. For more details about this report check out the summary given by Stuart Kerachsky, the Acting Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics or the highlights.
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