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NAEP science scores decrease at grade 4; no significant changes at grades 8 and 12

Results from the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science assessment were released today.

A nationally representative sample of fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-grade students took the test during the first three months of 2019.  Previously, the NAEP science test was administered in 2015, 2011 (grade 8 only), and 2009. The results were not encouraging: a drop in fourth grade and stagnation in eighth and twelfth grade.

Other highlights include:

  • Scores decrease for lowest-performing students at grades 4 and 8 compared to 2015
  • Average scores higher at grades 4 and 8 compared to 2009; no significant score change at grade 12
  • Approximately one-third of fourth- and eighth-graders and less than one-quarter of twelfth-graders score at or above NAEP Proficient in 2019
  • At fourth grade, a lower percentage of students score at or above NAEP Proficient and a higher percentage score below NAEP Basic compared to 2015
  • Scores decline for lower-performing fourth-graders in all three content areas compared to 2015
  • No significant changes in average content area scores for eighth-graders compared to 2015
  • No significant changes in average content area scores for twelfth-graders compared to 2015 or 2009

 

Terry Stoops / Director of the Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...