Colorado outperforms U.S. average on math, science

Eighth-graders from 50 Colorado schools, including Grand Mesa Middle School and West Middle School, scored higher on average in science than students in 35 countries and better in math than students in 36 countries last year on an international exam.

Grand Mesa and West students were selected early in 2011 to participate in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) science and math test. Colorado students took the test between April 4 and May 27, 2011.

Colorado is among nine states that gave the test. The collective results were used to rank the U.S. among 42 countries in math and science knowledge.

Results of the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) test released Tuesday place Colorado ahead of the U.S.‘s average score in both math and science. The U.S. ranks ninth among countries who administered the TIMSS test in mathematics and 10th among TIMSS countries in science.

TIMSS released results by country as well as results for three Canadian territories, two cities in the United Arab Emirates and the nine U.S. states that administered the test: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota and North Carolina.

Colorado tied with Russia and ranked behind six countries (Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Finland and Slovenia) and Massachusetts, Minnesota and Alberta, Canada in eighth-grade science with an average score of 542 on the TIMSS test. Although 1,000 is the highest-possible score, 500 is considered average, 550 is considered a “high” score and 625 is an “advanced” score. In math, Colorado tied with Connecticut for an average score of 518.


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