chapter  13
Gifted education policy and the development of exceptionality: a Hong Kong perspective: Stephen D. Tommis and Shane N. Phillipson
BySTEPHEN D. TOMMIS, SHANE N. PHILLIPSON
Pages 23

By most indicators of academic performance, Hong Kong’s students perform exceptionally well. For example, the most recent Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) places Hong Kong at the top of 36 countries at Grade 4 (the equivalent of Primary 4) in mathematics and science. At Grade 8 (equivalent to Secondary 2) Hong Kong drops slightly to fourth place with a score of 572, behind Chinese Taipei, The Republic of Korea and Singapore. Since the beginning of the TIMSS project in 1995, Hong Kong has been able to increase its overall rankings.