Chapter 8: State Indicators

Elementary and Secondary Education

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Table 8-8

Eighth grade science proficiency, by state: 1996 and 2000

(Percent)

 
State 1996a 2000a 2000
 
National average 27 30 30
Alabama 18 22 23
Alaska NA NA NA
Arizona 23 24 23
Arkansas 22 23 22
California 20 15 14
Colorado NA NA NA
Connecticut 36 35 35
Delaware NA NA NA
District of Columbia NA NA NA
Florida NA NA NA
Georgia 21 23 23
Hawaii 15 15 14
Idaho NA 38 37
Illinois NA 30 29
Indiana 30 35 33
Iowa NA NA NA
Kansas NA NA NA
Kentucky 23 29 28
Louisiana 13 18 18
Maine 41 37 35
Maryland 25 28 27
Massachusetts 37 42 39
Michigan 32 37 35
Minnesota 37 42 41
Mississippi 12 15 15
Missouri 28 36 33
Montana 41 46 44
Nebraska 35 36 38
Nevada NA 23 22
New Hampshire NA NA NA
New Jersey NA NA NA
New Mexico 19 20 20
New York 27 30 28
North Carolina 24 27 25
North Dakota 41 40 38
Ohio NA 41 39
Oklahoma NA 26 25
Oregon 32 33 34
Pennsylvania NA NA NA
Rhode Island 26 29 27
South Carolina 17 20 20
South Dakota NA NA NA
Tennessee 22 25 24
Texas 23 23 23
Utah 32 34 34
Vermont 34 40 39
Virginia 27 31 29
Washington NA NA NA
West Virginia 21 26 24
Wisconsin NA NA NA
Wyoming 34 36 34
 

NA = not available (did not meet minimum participation guidelines)

aAccommodations not permitted.

NOTES: National average is reported value in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reports. NAEP grade 8 science scores are for public schools only. In 2000, Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Oregon, and Vermont met the minimum participation guidelines but did not satisfy one or more school participation rate guidelines for school sample(s).

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress, various years.

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