Texas 8th graders' scores shine on international level

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TEA News Releases Online                                                                                        Oct. 24, 2013

 

Texas 8th graders' scores shine on international level 

 

AUSTIN - Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today noted the strong performance of Texas 8th graders in an inaugural study linking national and international assessments.

Initiated by the National Center for Education Statistics, this 2011 study has linked the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scale to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) scale so that states can compare the performance of their students with that of students in other countries.

 Results for assessments conducted in 2011 showed scores in the top twelve for Texas students taking the 8th grade Mathematics exam - higher than the national scores of the United States, Finland and the overall TIMSS scale average.

 

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EDUCATION SYSTEM

AVERAGE
MATH SCORE

1

Republic of Korea

613

2

Singapore

611

3

Chinese Taipei (China)

609

4

Hong Kong (China)

586

5

Japan

570

6

Russian Federation

539

7

Israel

516

8

STATE OF TEXAS

515

9

Finland

514

10

United States

509

11

England (Great Britain)

507

12

Hungary

505

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TIMSS Scale Average

500

 

"This global study strengthens my belief that Texas students and teachers can compete nationally and internationally when we challenge them and set high expectations," said Commissioner Williams. "While I recognize areas where we still must improve, I am proud of the hard work of our students and teachers in achieving this recognition."

This international comparison study was conducted in 2011 with 8th grade students in all states and U.S. jurisdictions that participated in the NAEP mathematics and science assessments.

The average mathematics score for U.S. public school students was 509. At 515, Texas was one of 36 states with scores in mathematics higher than the TIMSS scale average of 500.

 In addition, results for assessments conducted in 2011 showed scores in the top twelve for Texas students taking the 8th grade science exam - 24 points higher than the overall TIMSS scale average.

 

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EDUCATION SYSTEM

AVERAGE SCIENCE SCORE

1

Singapore

590

2

Chinese Taipei (China)

564

3

Republic of Korea

560

4

Japan

558

5

Finland

552

6

Slovenia

543

7

Russian Federation

542

8

Hong Kong (China)

535

9

England (Great Britain)

533

10

United States

525

11

STATE OF TEXAS

524

12

Hungary

522

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TIMSS Scale Average

500

 

The average science score for U.S. public school students (525) is higher than the TIMSS average of 500. Texas was one of 47 states with scores in science higher than the TIMSS scale average.

To read the complete NAEP-TIMSS linking study from the National Center for Education Statistics, visit http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard.  

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