Texas 8th Graders’ Scores Shine on International Level

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has 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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“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 2 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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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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