Data from the 2011 8th grade Science NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) exam were recently released…and the results signal we can do better for our students.
Yes, a higher percentage of Washington 8th graders were proficient on the Science NAEP, compared to the national average, but is 35 percent really good enough? Massachusetts, one of the leading states in education, is still missing the halfway mark with just 44 percent proficient. If we look at students by race/ethnicity and income group, we see some pretty stark disparity between groups.
All this to say, we’re making progress and we still have a lot of work to do.