ND student scores rank in top five in national science exam

Fourth graders scored on par with the nation, and eighth graders scored lower than their national counterparts.

The National Assessment of Education Progress exam, also known as the Nation's Report Card, is given every few years in math, reading and science.

Kentucky's blacks' NAEP Grade 8 Science proficiency rate decline, though even larger in magnitude, is not considered statistically significant because Kentucky's results have a fairly large amount of statistical sampling error. For grade eight, the average scale score of 144 was five points higher than the score of 139 in 2009.

Compared to 2009, the previous year NAEP assessed those grades in science, the number of Oklahoma students who scored at or above proficient is up 6 percentage points, from 28 percent, in fourth grade and 3 points, from 25 percent, in eighth grade.

While the national test scores indicate some Nevada kids have taken baby steps in this regard, it's abundantly clear that the state has miles to go.

The NAEP is conducted at the both the state and the national level.

"This is exactly what we like to see: all students improving, but students at the bottom of the distribution making faster gains".

The students scored well above the national average on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress tests, Kirsten Baesler said.

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"We still are not at a place as a country where we are preparing the future STEM workforce that we need", Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said, referring to science, technology, engineering, and math courses.

The standardized tests ― sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the National Center for Education Statistics ― are meant to measure how groups of students are performing against each other. "As we look toward the implementation of new science standards, we're hopeful that we'll be able to make more progress and close achievement gaps". More students also scored at the Basic level (76 percent) when compared with 69 percent in 2009.

Fourth-graders in Utah, who raised their average score by six points, ranked eighth in the nation, according to the data.

Tennessee also narrowed or eliminated several achievement gaps.

Minnesota fourth-graders' average scores were 157, the NCES reported. The percentage of Nevada eighth grade students at or above proficient is 27 percent and this is a significant change from 2009 of seven percentage points. Nationally just 22 percent of 12th-graders scored proficient on the test. For 8th grade science, MS is one of 24 states that showed significant score gain from 2009 to 2015.

The science exam, which covered earth and space sciences, physical science and life science, was given previous year to 2,400 North Dakota fourth-graders and 2,300 eighth-graders. Minnesota and MA eighth-graders' scores averaged 162.

At the state level, Arizona had the biggest gain for fourth-graders, scoring 11 points higher on the exam compared to 2009.

  • Douglas Reid