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ERIC Number: ED515259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 82
Abstractor: ERIC
The Nation's Report Card: Science 2009. National Assessment of Educational Progress at Grades 4, 8, and 12. NCES 2011-451
National Center for Education Statistics
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in science was updated in 2009 to keep the content current with key developments in science, curriculum standards, assessments, and research. Because of the recent changes to the assessment, the results from 2009 cannot be compared to those from previous assessment years; however, they provide a current snapshot of what the nation's fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-graders know and can do in science that will serve as the basis for comparisons on future science assessments. National and state samples of 156,500 fourth-graders and 151,100 eighth-graders, and a national sample of 11,100 twelfth-graders, responded to questions designed to measure their knowledge and abilities in physical science, life science, and Earth and space sciences. Results varied for students of different racial/ethnic groups. At grades 4 and 8, White students had higher average scores than other racial/ethnic groups, and Asian/Pacific Islander students scored higher than Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native students (table A). At grade 12, there was no significant difference in scores for White and Asian/Pacific Islander students, and both groups scored higher on average than other racial/ethnic groups. Male students scored higher on average than female students at all three grades. Students' performance on the science assessment also differed based on the location of the schools they attended. At grades 4 and 8, students attending schools in city locations scored lower on average than students in schools in other locations. At grade 12, the average score for students in city schools was lower than the score for students attending suburban schools, but was not significantly different from the scores for students in town and rural locations. Appendix tables are included. (Contains 48 figures, 21 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 12; Grade 4; Grade 8; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress
IES Funded: Yes