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 national science assessment was updated in 2009 to keep pace with key developments in science. It contains questions covering the content areas of physical, life, and earth and space science. The 2009 assessment is based on a new framework, therefore, these results cannot be compared to those from previous science assessments. They provide a current snapshot of what eighth graders can do in science and will provide a basis for comparisons for the future.
Student performance is presented in terms of average scores on a scale from 0 to 300 with a mean of 150 and a standard deviation of 35. An average score designated as NA (not applicable) indicates that the state either did not participate in the assessment or did not meet the minimum guidelines for reporting.
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 taken with accommodations offered.
|Average eighth grade science performance, by state: 2009|
|(Score out of 300)|
|District of Columbia||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.
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, NAEP (various years).
Science and Engineering Indicators 2012
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