Elementary and Secondary Education

Eighth Grade Science Performance: 2005

  • 1st quartile
    (163–158)
  • 2nd quartile
    (155–152)
  • 3rd quartile
    (150–144)
  • 4th quartile
    (143–132)
  • No data

Quartiles

Eighth grade science performance: 2005
 
1st Quartile
(163–158)
2nd Quartile
(155–152)
3rd Quartile
(150–144)
4th Quartile
(143–132)
No data
 
Idaho Colorado Arkansas Alabama Alaska
Maine Connecticut Georgia Arizona District of Columbia
Massachusetts Delaware Illinois California Iowa
Minnesota Kentucky Indiana Florida Kansas
Montana Michigan Maryland Hawaii Nebraska
New Hampshire Missouri North Carolina Louisiana New York
North Dakota New Jersey Oklahoma Mississippi Pennsylvania
South Dakota Ohio Rhode Island Nevada  
Vermont Oregon South Carolina New Mexico  
Wisconsin Utah Tennessee Texas  
Wyoming Virginia West Virginia    
  Washington      
 
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (various years). See Data Table.

Findings

  • In 2005, the nationwide average science score of eighth grade public school students was 147, a decrease from 148 in 2000.
  • Of the 36 states that participated in both the 2000 and 2005 science assessments, 13 reported higher average scores for public school eighth graders in 2005, and 10 of these increases were statistically significant. Lower average scores were reported by 16 states in 2005, 4 of which were statistically significant.
  • The gaps in science scores between white eighth graders and black or Hispanic eighth graders did not increase between 2000 and 2005.

Description

This indicator reports each state's average score on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in science for its eighth grade students in public schools. High scores indicate that eighth graders are demonstrating a solid foundation for adult science competency. The NAEP science assessment is a federally authorized assessment of student performance in which 44 states participated in 2005. Student performance is described in terms of average scores on a scale from 0 to 300.

Several recent changes to the NAEP methodology affect yearly comparisons. Beginning in 2002, NAEP obtained a national sample by aggregating the samples from each state rather than by selecting it independently; the increased national sample size makes smaller differences statistically significant. In 2005, NAEP included in the definition of the national sample all international Department of Defense schools.

NAEP allows students with disabilities or limited English proficiency to use certain accommodations (e.g., extended time, individual testing, or small group testing). All data presented here represent scores from tests taken with accommodations offered.

Data Table

Table 8-7
Eighth grade science performance, by state: 2000 and 2005
(Score)
 
State 2000 2005
 
United States 148 147
Alabama 143 138
Alaska NA NA
Arizona 145 140
Arkansas 142 144
California 129 136
Colorado NA 155
Connecticut 153 152
Delaware NA 152
District of Columbia NA NA
Florida NA 141
Georgia 142 144
Hawaii 130 136
Idaho 158 158
Illinois 148 148
Indiana 154 150
Iowa NA NA
Kansas NA NA
Kentucky 150 153
Louisiana 134 138
Maine 158 158
Maryland 146 145
Massachusetts 158 161
Michigan 155 155
Minnesota 159 158
Mississippi 134 132
Missouri 154 154
Montana 164 162
Nebraska 158 NA
Nevada 141 138
New Hampshire NA 162
New Jersey NA 153
New Mexico 139 138
New York 145 NA
North Carolina 145 144
North Dakota 159 163
Ohio 159 155
Oklahoma 149 147
Oregon 154 153
Pennsylvania NA NA
Rhode Island 148 146
South Carolina 140 145
South Dakota NA 161
Tennessee 145 145
Texas 143 143
Utah 154 154
Vermont 159 162
Virginia 151 155
Washington NA 154
West Virginia 146 147
Wisconsin NA 158
Wyoming 156 159
 
Puerto Rico NA NA
 

NA = not available

NOTES: National average for United States is reported value in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reports. NAEP grade 8 science scores for public schools only. In 2000, Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin did not participate or did not meet reporting standards. In 2000, Alabama, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming significantly different from 2005 when only one jurisdiction or the nation is examined. In 2005, Alaska, District of Columbia, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New York, and Pennsylvania did not participate.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, NAEP (various years).

Science and Engineering Indicators 2008

Excel.Source Data
  • 1st quartile
    (163–158)
  • 2nd quartile
    (155–152)
  • 3rd quartile
    (150–144)
  • 4th quartile
    (143–132)
  • No data

Quartiles

Eighth grade science performance: 2005
 
1st Quartile
(163–158)
2nd Quartile
(155–152)
3rd Quartile
(150–144)
4th Quartile
(143–132)
No data
 
Idaho Colorado Arkansas Alabama Alaska
Maine Connecticut Georgia Arizona District of Columbia
Massachusetts Delaware Illinois California Iowa
Minnesota Kentucky Indiana Florida Kansas
Montana Michigan Maryland Hawaii Nebraska
New Hampshire Missouri North Carolina Louisiana New York
North Dakota New Jersey Oklahoma Mississippi Pennsylvania
South Dakota Ohio Rhode Island Nevada  
Vermont Oregon South Carolina New Mexico  
Wisconsin Utah Tennessee Texas  
Wyoming Virginia West Virginia    
  Washington      
 
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (various years). See Data Table.

Findings

  • In 2005, the nationwide average science score of eighth grade public school students was 147, a decrease from 148 in 2000.
  • Of the 36 states that participated in both the 2000 and 2005 science assessments, 13 reported higher average scores for public school eighth graders in 2005, and 10 of these increases were statistically significant. Lower average scores were reported by 16 states in 2005, 4 of which were statistically significant.
  • The gaps in science scores between white eighth graders and black or Hispanic eighth graders did not increase between 2000 and 2005.

Description

This indicator reports each state's average score on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in science for its eighth grade students in public schools. High scores indicate that eighth graders are demonstrating a solid foundation for adult science competency. The NAEP science assessment is a federally authorized assessment of student performance in which 44 states participated in 2005. Student performance is described in terms of average scores on a scale from 0 to 300.

Several recent changes to the NAEP methodology affect yearly comparisons. Beginning in 2002, NAEP obtained a national sample by aggregating the samples from each state rather than by selecting it independently; the increased national sample size makes smaller differences statistically significant. In 2005, NAEP included in the definition of the national sample all international Department of Defense schools.

NAEP allows students with disabilities or limited English proficiency to use certain accommodations (e.g., extended time, individual testing, or small group testing). All data presented here represent scores from tests taken with accommodations offered.

Data Table

Table 8-7
Eighth grade science performance, by state: 2000 and 2005
(Score)
 
State 2000 2005
 
United States 148 147
Alabama 143 138
Alaska NA NA
Arizona 145 140
Arkansas 142 144
California 129 136
Colorado NA 155
Connecticut 153 152
Delaware NA 152
District of Columbia NA NA
Florida NA 141
Georgia 142 144
Hawaii 130 136
Idaho 158 158
Illinois 148 148
Indiana 154 150
Iowa NA NA
Kansas NA NA
Kentucky 150 153
Louisiana 134 138
Maine 158 158
Maryland 146 145
Massachusetts 158 161
Michigan 155 155
Minnesota 159 158
Mississippi 134 132
Missouri 154 154
Montana 164 162
Nebraska 158 NA
Nevada 141 138
New Hampshire NA 162
New Jersey NA 153
New Mexico 139 138
New York 145 NA
North Carolina 145 144
North Dakota 159 163
Ohio 159 155
Oklahoma 149 147
Oregon 154 153
Pennsylvania NA NA
Rhode Island 148 146
South Carolina 140 145
South Dakota NA 161
Tennessee 145 145
Texas 143 143
Utah 154 154
Vermont 159 162
Virginia 151 155
Washington NA 154
West Virginia 146 147
Wisconsin NA 158
Wyoming 156 159
 
Puerto Rico NA NA
 

NA = not available

NOTES: National average for United States is reported value in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reports. NAEP grade 8 science scores for public schools only. In 2000, Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin did not participate or did not meet reporting standards. In 2000, Alabama, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming significantly different from 2005 when only one jurisdiction or the nation is examined. In 2005, Alaska, District of Columbia, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New York, and Pennsylvania did not participate.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, NAEP (various years).

Science and Engineering Indicators 2008

Excel.Source Data
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