(40% – 35%)
(33% – 27%)
(26% – 25%)
(24% – 12%)
|Maine‡||Connecticut||Georgia||Arizona||District of Columbia|
|New Hampshire‡||Indiana||South Carolina‡||Louisiana‡||New York|
|South Dakota‡||Minnesota||New Mexico‡|
|Vermont‡||New Jersey||Rhode Island‡|
|‡ EPSCoR state
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress. See Data Table.
This indicator represents the proportion of a state's fourth grade students in public schools that has met or exceeded the proficiency standard in science.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) provides a federally authorized measure of student performance in science. The National Assessment Governing Board sets performance standards that provide a context for interpreting NAEP results. The standards define "proficiency" as well as performance levels that indicate greater ("advanced") and lesser ("basic") accomplishment. For the fourth grade, the proficient level (scores 170–204) represents solid academic performance and demonstrates competency over challenging subject-matter knowledge, its application to real-world situations, and mastery of appropriate analytical skills. The advanced level (205–300) signifies superior performance. The basic level (138–169) denotes partial mastery of knowledge and skills that are prerequisite for proficient work. A National Academy of Sciences panel evaluated the process used to establish the standards for the science assessment and urged that they be considered developmental and interpreted with caution.
Approximately 147,700 fourth grade students in 8,500 schools participated in the 2005 NAEP science assessment. A designation of NA (not available) indicates that the state either did not participate in the assessment or did not have a representative sample of fourth graders that was large enough for reporting state-level results.
|Students reaching proficiency in fourth grade science, by state: 2000 and 2005|
|District of Columbia||NA||NA|
|South Carolina||20 *||25|
*significantly different from 2005 when only one jurisdiction or the nation is being examined; NA = not available
NOTE: National average for United States is reported value in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reports. NAEP grade 4 science scores for public schools only.
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, NAEP (various years).
Science and Engineering Indicators 2010