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Chapter 8. State Indicators

Elementary and Secondary Education


Eighth Grade Science Performance


Quartiles

Average eighth grade science performance: 2005 (Score out of 300)
 
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
 
‡ EPSCoR state

NOTE: See figure 8-8 text for explanation of achievement levels.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress. See Data Table.



Findings

  • Of the 36 states that participated in both the 2000 and 2005 science assessments, 10 states reported 2005 average scores that were significantly higher than those in 2000 and 4 states reported average scores that were significantly lower.
  • States with the highest average science scores for eighth graders were concentrated in the northern United States. A number of EPSCoR states were included in this group.
  • The gaps in science scores between white eighth graders and black or Hispanic eighth graders did not change significantly between 2000 and 2005.


Description

This indicator represents each state's average score on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in science for its eighth grade students in public schools. The NAEP science assessment is a federally authorized measure of student performance in which 44 states participated in 2005.

Student performance is presented in terms of average scores on a scale from 0 to 300. Higher scores indicate that eighth graders are demonstrating a stronger foundation for adult science competency. An average score designated as NA (not applicable) indicates that the state either did not participate in the assessment or did not have a representative sample of eighth graders that was large enough for reporting state-level results.

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

Data Table

Table 8-7
Average eighth grade science performance, by state: 2000 and 2005
(Score out of 300)
 
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
 

*significantly different from 2005 when only one jurisdiction or the nation is being examined; 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.

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

Science and Engineering Indicators 2010

Source Data
 

Science and Engineering Indicators 2010   Arlington, VA (NSB 10-01) | January 2010