By Susan Frey
California 8th graders ranked in the middle of the pack overall but behind seven of eight states in math and science in the latest international tests.
The rankings are based on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) tests taken last year by a random selection of
representative students from 56 countries and education systems, which included eight states and Canadian provinces.
Although the differences between rankings are sometimes only a matter of one or two points, California 8th graders had below-average scores in both subjects. They scored 493 in math, out of a possible 1,000, with 500 being the international average. They ranked 26th, behind 8th graders in 15 countries (including the United States) and 10 education systems (including seven states).