Thursday, May 10, 2012
Eighth-Graders Make Gains in NAEP Science Scores
Data from the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) find that our nation’s dighth-grade students have made gains in science since 2009. The Nation’s Report Card: Science 2011 presents results from the 2011 NAEP assessment administered to eighth-grade students across the country. The report presents results for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense Schools.
Key findings from The Nation’s Report Card: Science 2011 include:
• In 2011, a higher percentage of students performed at or above the Basic and Proficient achievement levels than in 2009.
• The achievement gap between Black and White students narrowed between 2009 and 2011, with average scores since 2009 rising by 1 point for White students and by 3 points for Black students.
• The achievement gap between Hispanic and White students also narrowed between 2009 and 2011, with average scores since 2009 rising by 1 point for White students and by 5 points for Hispanic students.
• Public school students in 16 states and jurisdictions have made gains since 2009.
• No state scored lower in 2011 than in 2009.
• Public school students in 28 states scored higher than their peers in the nation; students in 15 states and the District of Columbia scored lower than their peers nationally.