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Distribution of Science Questions: 2011

Science Content Areas

Percentage distribution of target and actual assessment time in NAEP science, by content area and grade: 2011
Grade Physical Science Life Science Earth and Space Sciences
Target Actual Target Actual Target Actual
8 30% 26% 30% 33% 40% 41%
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2011 Science Assessment.

Science Practices

Percentage distribution of target and actual assessment time in NAEP science, by science practice and grade: 2011
Grade Identifying Science
Principles
Using Science
Principles
Using Scientific
Inquiry
Using Technological
Design
Target Actual Target Actual Target Actual Target Actual
8 25% 24% 35% 37% 30% 28% 10% 10%
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2011 Science Assessment.

The tables above show the percentage of time students in grade 8 would have spent on NAEP items that measure knowledge of three science content areas (physical science, life science, and Earth and space sciences) and four science practices (identifying science principles, using science principles, using scientific inquiry, and using technological design), if they responded to all items in the NAEP science assessment.


Last updated 05 April 2012 (FW)
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