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Math, science test scores of Kansas 8th-graders compare well against other states, countries

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at 10:06 a.m.

Kansas eighth-graders’ performance in math and science stacks up well against their counterparts around the world, according to results from a study announced by state education officials Thursday.

The study, which looked at eighth-grade math and science scores from 2011, was conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). It included all 50 states, 38 countries and nine subnational education systems.

The “linking study” used states’ 2011 NAEP assessment scores to predict performance on the TIMSS.

For Kansas eighth-graders, the average linking score on math was 534, well above the international average of 500, state officials said in a news release. The score in science was 524, also above the average international score of 500.

Seven countries or regions – the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia and Quebec – had average math scores higher than Kansas, and 39 countries had lower scores. Israel recorded the same average score as Kansas.

In science, seven countries or regions – Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Finland, Alberta and Slovenia – had average scores higher than Kansas, and 37 countries scored lower. Three countries – Russia, Hong Kong and England – had the same score.

Kansas education officials said the study marked the first time the state was able to measure how its eighth-graders’ math and science performance compared to others around the world.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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