Florida’s Fourth grade students are 2nd in the World in Reading

Florida’s fourth and eighth grade students who earned impressive scores on international reading, mathematics, and science assessments according to results released on December 11th, 2012 by the National Center for Education Statistics. Results of the 2011 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) show that Florida students outperformed many of their national and global counterparts on both tests.

 

The reports compare the performance of U.S. fourth-grade students in reading, mathematics, and science, and eighth-grade students in mathematics and science to their peers internationally. TIMSS is an international assessment of mathematics and science knowledge and skills at the fourth and eighth grades given every four years. PIRLS is an international assessment of fourth-grade reading comprehension conducted every five years. The results are reported as scale scores – a conversion of raw scores to a common scale – that allows for a numerical comparison between education systems.

 

Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)

The average scale score of Florida fourth-grade students is 569. That is the second highest among 53 participating education systems, above the U.S. average of 556, and significantly higher than the PIRLS average scale score of 500. In addition, Florida ranked second behind Singapore in the percentage of fourth-grade students scoring in the advanced level, with 22 percent of students reaching that benchmark. Florida was the only state in the US to participate at a level that allows state-level data to be reported.

 

 

Grade 4 PIRLS   Reading

Educational System

Average Scale Score

Hong Kong

571

Florida

569

Russian Federation

568

Finland

568

Singapore

567

Northern Ireland

558

U.S.  

556

Denmark

554

Croatia

553

Chinese Taipei

553

Ontario Canada

552

Ireland

552

England

552

40   additional education jurisdictions

548 – 310

 

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)

 

Mathematics

Fourth-grade results show Florida’s average scale score of 545 in mathematics is ninth among 57 education systems, four points above the U.S. average, and notably higher than the TIMSS average scale score of 500. Florida’s eighth-grade average scale score of 513 is above both the U.S. average scale score of 509 and the TIMSS average scale score of 500, and ranks sixteenth out of 56 education systems.

 

  

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

   

Grade     4 TIMSS Mathematics

   

   

Educational     System

   

   

  1. Avg.     Scale Score

   

   

Singapore

   

   

606

   

   

Korea

   

   

605

   

   

Hong Kong

   

   

602

   

   

Chinese Taipei

   

   

591

   

   

Japan

   

   

585

   

   

Northern Ireland

   

   

562

   

   

North Carolina

   

   

554

   

   

Belgium

   

   

549

   

   

Florida

   

   

545

   

   

Finland

   

   

545

   

   

England

   

   

542

   

   

Russian Federation

   

   

542

   

   

United States

   

   

541

   

   

Netherlands

   

   

540

   

   

Denmark

   

   

537

   

   

Lithuania

   

   

534

   

   

Quebec Canada

   

   

533

   

   

Portugal

   

   

532

   

   

Germany

   

   

528

   

   

Ireland

   

   

527

   

   

Ontario Canada

   

   

518

   

   

37 additional education     jurisdictions

   

   

516 – 248

   

  

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

   

Grade     8 TIMSS Mathematics

   

   

Educational     System

   

   

  1. Avg.     Scale Score

   

   

Korea

   

   

613

   

   

Singapore

   

   

611

   

   

Chinese Taipei

   

   

609

   

   

Hong Kong

   

   

586

   

   

Japan

   

   

570

   

   

Massachusetts

   

   

561

   

   

Minnesota

   

   

545

   

   

Russian Federation

   

   

539

   

   

North Carolina

   

   

537

   

   

Quebec

   

   

532

   

   

Indiana

   

   

522

   

   

Connecticut

   

   

518

   

   

Colorado

   

   

518

   

   

Israel

   

   

516

   

   

FInland

   

   

514

   

   

Florida

   

   

513

   

   

Ontario Canada

   

   

512

   

   

United States

   

   

509

   

   

England

   

   

507

   

   

Hungary

   

   

505

   

   

Alberta Canada

   

   

505

   

   

Australia

   

   

505

   

   

Slovenia

   

   

505

   

   

33 additional education     jurisdictions

   

   

502-331

   

 

Science

Florida fourth-grade average scale score of 545 ranked seventh, slightly above the U.S. average scale score of 544, and above the TIMSS average scale score of 500. Eighth-grade students’ average scale score of 530 placed them seventeenth, above the U.S. average of 525 and the TIMSS average scale score of 500.

 

  

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

   

Grade     4 TIMSS Science

   

   

Educational     System

   

   

Avg.     Scale Score

   

   

Korea

   

   

587

   

   

Singapore

   

   

583

   

   

Finland

   

   

570

   

   

Japan

   

   

559

   

   

Chinese Taipei

   

   

552

   

   

Russian Federation

   

   

552

   

   

Florida

   

   

545

   

   

United States

   

   

544

   

   

North Carolina

   

   

538

   

   

Czech Republic

   

   

536

   

   

Hong Kong

   

   

535

   

   

Hungary

   

   

534

   

   

Sweden

   

   

533

   

   

Slovak Republic

   

   

532

   

   

Austria

   

   

532

   

   

Netherlands

   

   

531

   

   

England

   

   

529

   

   

Denmark

   

   

528

   

   

Germany

   

   

528

   

   

Ontario Canada

   

   

528

   

   

37 additional education     jurisdictions

   

   

524 – 209

   

  

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

  

   

   

  

   

Grade     8 TIMSS Science

   

   

Educational     System

   

   

Avg.     Scale Score

   

   

Singapore

   

   

590

   

   

Massachusetts

   

   

567

   

   

Chinese Taipei

   

   

564

   

   

Korea

   

   

560

   

   

Japan

   

   

558

   

   

Minnesota

   

   

553

   

   

Finland

   

   

552

   

   

Alberta -CAN

   

   

546

   

   

Slovenia

   

   

543

   

   

Colorado

   

   

542

   

   

Russian Federation

   

   

542

   

   

Hong Kong

   

   

535

   

   

England

   

   

533

   

   

Indiana

   

   

533

   

   

Connecticut

   

   

532

   

   

North Carolina

   

   

532

   

   

Florida

   

   

530

   

   

United States

   

   

525

   

   

Hungary

   

   

522

   

   

Ontario Canada

   

   

521

   

   

Quebec Canada

   

   

520

   

   

Australia

   

   

519

   

   

Israel

   

   

516

   

   

33 additional education     jurisdictions

   

   

514-306

   

 

For more information, visit PIRLS and TIMSS.

 

 

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