# How do U.S. 4^{th} graders compare with students in other countries in math and science?

- Notes:
- TIMSS = Trends in International Mathematics and Sciences Study. The TIMSS tests focus on studentsâ€™ application of skills and knowledge to tasks akin to those encountered in school.
- The chart shows the scores for the top 30 countries/jurisdictions. Scores for the remaining 20 countries/jurisdictions participating in the study are presented in the data table.

- Notes:
- TIMSS = Trends in International Mathematics and Sciences Study. The TIMSS tests focus on studentsâ€™ application of skills and knowledge to tasks akin to those encountered in school.
- The chart shows the scores for the top 30 countries/jurisdictions. Scores for the remaining 20 countries/jurisdictions participating in the study are presented in the data table.

The U.S. average score (541) on the 2011 TIMSS math assessment at grade 4 was higher than the international TIMSS average (500).

The U.S. average score (544) on the 2011 TIMSS science assessment at grade 4 was higher than the international TIMSS average (500).

## Key Observations

- Among 50 countries/jurisdictions that participated in the 2011 TIMSS math assessment, the U.S. average score was among the top 13. The U.S. outperformed 37 countries/jurisdictions.

- At grade 4, the U.S. was among the top 7 countries/jurisdictions, outperforming 43 among a total of 50 participants.