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Average Mathematics Scale Scores, 2003

Fourth gradeEighth grade
Country Average
466Slovak Rep.508
Singapore594Moldova, Rep. of504Singapore605Australia505
Hong Kong SAR1,2575Italy503Korea, Rep. of589(United States)504
Japan565Australia2499Hong Kong SAR1,2586Lithuania3502
Chinese Taipei564New Zealand493Chinese Taipei585Sweden499
Latvia536Armenia456Netherlands1536New Zealand494
Russian Federation532Iran, Islamic Rep. of389Hungary529Italy484
United States2518Tunisia339Russian Federation508Bulgaria476
NOTE: Countries are ordered by 2003 average score. The test for significance between the United States and the international average was adjusted to account for the U.S. contribution to the international average. Countries were required to sample students in the upper of the two grades that contained the largest number of 9- and 13-year-olds. In the United States and most countries, this corresponds to grade 4 and grade 8. Parentheses indicate countries that did not meet international sampling or other guidelines in 2003.
1. Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China.
2. Met international guidelines for participation rates in 2003 only after replacement schools were included.
3. National desired population does not cover all of the international desired population.
Source: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 2003.

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