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Science Achievement in Southern Education States (K-12) 1996-2000
Click to view the full article (PDF) The National Assessment of Educational Progress is a battery of tests used to assess what a representative samples of 4th, 8th, and 12th graders know in various subject areas in every state that participates. Student achievement levels are: below basic, at or above basic, at or above proficient, and advanced. Proficient is the achievement standard all students are expected to reach. NAEP tests also reveal the link between achievement and poverty: poorer students consistently perform significantly below grade level. The latest NAEP science scores in the 14 Southern Education States participating in 2000 show that 38% of 4th graders and nearly half of all 8th graders do not possess a basic level of science skills. Failure rates at both grade levels are higher than the national average.
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