Idaho’s 8th grade students continue to outpace their peers across the nation in science. The Nation’s Report Card for Science 2011 was released today.
The average score of Idaho’s 8th graders at 159 was higher than the national average of 151 on the NAEP Science 2011. Seventy-five percent of 8th graders in Idaho performed at grade level or above on the assessment. This was about the same number of Idaho students as in 2009.
Eighth grade students in just six states outscored Idaho students.
For the first time, all 50 states, D.C. and Department of Defense Schools participated in the science assessment, which is voluntary.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, is administered every two years for math and reading. It is usually only administered every four years for science; however, it was given to 8th graders in 2011 so comparisons could be made between students in the United States and other countries on the international assessment known as Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
Students in the United States have lagged behind students in other countries in math and science on international assessments, such as PISA and TIMSS, in recent years.
Learn more about the NAEP Science 2011 in Idaho or across the country.