ERIC Number: ED458285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
The Nation's Report Card: Science Highlights, 2000.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Results for the 2000 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science assessment are reported. Since 1969, the NAEP has been the sole ongoing national indicator of what U.S. students know and can do in major academic subjects. The science assessment was first administered to nationally representative samples of 4th, 8th, and 12th graders in 1996. In 2000, the average scores of fourth and eighth graders were essentially unchanged from 1996. The only significant change occurred in grade 12, where there was a three point decline in students' average score. Few changes were seen in the percentages of students at the three achievement levels (Basic, Proficient, and Advanced). The 2000 science assessment also collected data for fourth and eighth graders who attended public schools in states and jurisdictions that agreed to participate. The NAEP also studies the performance of various subgroups of students. For most racial and ethnic groups, average scores in 2000 were not significantly different from those in 1996, although scores for American Indians at grade 8 and White students at grade 12 declined. A higher percentage of White and Asian/Pacific Islanders were at or above Basic and Proficient levels than were students from other racial/ethnic groups. Few changes were evident in the percentage of males and females at or above the Proficient level, but there were higher levels of males at or above "Proficient" at all three grades, and higher percentages of males at or above "Basic" at grades 4 and 8. The NAEP also reports some information about the school context of participating students. This document also contains some sample questions from the science assessments. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, Racial Differences, Science Achievement, Science Tests, Sex Differences, Test Results
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress