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New Hampshire Students Rank near the Top in International Mathematics and Science Comparison Study

Reflecting the ongoing efforts by the state’s educators, a first-ever study has shown that New Hampshire’s students are among top performers in the nation and worldwide in math and science, New Hampshire Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry has announced.

In an effort to determine international competitiveness of American students in Mathematics and Science, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducted a linking study comparing assessment results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). By comparing grade 8 results in Mathematics and Science from the 2011 NAEP assessment to the 2011 TIMSS assessment, NCES was able to provide each state with a way to examine how their students compare academically with their peers around the world from 38 countries and 9 subnational education systems.

Figures 3-A and 6-A below from the linking study released on Thursday, October 24, demonstrates the competiveness of New Hampshire students. In Mathematics, New Hampshire eighth-grade students would be placed with the top-six international participants, and in Science, New Hampshire eighth-graders would be placed with the top-four.

“This is an affirmation of the continued efforts of K-12, public schools to improve instruction in mathematics and science in the State of New Hampshire,” Commissioner Barry said. “But we need to also recognize the increasing competition that a worldwide economy poses for our students and families and we must continue to work hard to ensure rigorous, college-and-career-ready standards prepare our young people for the innovation economy of the 21st century.”

For a more complete description of the study, visit the New Hampshire Department of Education NAEP page: and follow the links to the 2011 NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study, Results and Methodology. Additional information about NAEP is available at: More information on TIMSS is available at:

If you have additional questions regarding the 2011 NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study, please contact the NH NAEP Program Administrator, Tim Eccleston at (603) 271-2298 or

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