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Goal 5: Mathematics and Science

International Mathematics Achievement -- 8th Grade
The Nation's standing on international mathematics assessments in Grade 8, 1999

Countries that scored significantly higher than the U.S.
  • Singapore
  • Korea
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Belgium (Flemish)2
  • Czech Republic
  • Slovak Republic
  • Switzerland2
  • Netherlands1
  • Slovenia1
  • Bulgaria1
  • Austria1
  • France
  • Hungary
  • Russian Federation
  • Australia1
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • Belgium (French)1
  • Sweden

1Nation did not meet international guidelines for TIMSS.
2Nation in which a participation rate of 75 percent of the schools and students combined was achieved only after replacements for refusals were substituted.

For more information about the Third International Mathematics and Science Study, go to
For more information about national indicators see the Technical Notes and Sources.

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