Modest gains, but US students still lag in science learning
WASHINGTON - American students still have a ways to go when it comes to achieving a solid understanding of science.
The 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation's Report Card, shows only about a third of fourth and eighth graders demonstrated strong academic performance in the sciences. Among 12th graders, just one in five were proficient or above in science.
Results released Thursday show average scores were up four points in grades 4 and 8, and unchanged for 12th grade, compared to 2009.
The results also show that fourth-grade girls had closed the gender gap and were now performing as well as boys. In eighth grade, that gender gap had tightened. Achievement gaps between white, black and Hispanic students narrowed, too, at grades four and eight.
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