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Science score gains made on Nation's Report Card: younger students show highest achievement over last decade.

The latest results on the Nation's Report Card show that students at the elementary school elementary school: see school.  level have made remarkable progress in science compared to those in the upper grades.

The 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress
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) tested the science skills of a representative sample of more than 300,000 students in grades 4, 8 and 12. Released in May of this year by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, national findings since the previous assessments in 1996 and 2000 revealed:

> Fourth-grade students scored higher than in either previous year, and lower-performing students made the largest gains since 2000.

> Eighth-graders' overall performance remained unchanged from either previous year; gains by lower-income students narrowed the achievement gap since 2000.

> Scores for 12th-graders remained unchanged since the last assessment, but are lower than in 1996. However, the gap in achievement between black and white students has widened since 2000.

"These NAEP results provide further evidence that accountability and assessments are working to raise achievement levels, even in subjects not directly tested under the No Child Left Behind Act The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110), commonly known as NCLB (IPA: /ˈnɪkəlbiː/), is a United States federal law that was passed in the House of Representatives on May 23, 2001 ," said U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. Furthermore, she added that the results prove the need to expand those accountability provisions more in the nation's high schools.

The report also presents state results for grades 4 and 8. Although most states showed no improvement in these grades, five of the 37 participating states--California, Hawaii, Kentucky, South Carolina South Carolina, state of the SE United States. It is bordered by North Carolina (N), the Atlantic Ocean (SE), and Georgia (SW). Facts and Figures

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 and Virginia--did improve between 2000 and 2005 in both grades.

In addition, in grades 4 and 8, minority students showed improvement, with the average score for black students increasing by seven points, and for Hispanic students by 11 points since 2000. At grade 8, blacks were the only racial-ethnic group to show progress since 1996, and no racial-ethnic group showed improvement since 2000.

For the full results of the 2005 science report, visit and scroll To continuously move forward, backward or sideways through the text and images on screen or within a window. Scrolling implies continuous and smooth movement, a line, character or pixel at a time, as if the data were on a paper scroll being rolled behind the screen. See auto scroll.  down the menu to "Nation's Report Card."
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Publication:The Achiever
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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