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Science Achievement

This National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science assessment was first administered to nationally representative samples of fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-grade students in 1996. The figure below shows national average scores in 1996 and 2000 based on the 0-to-300 NAEP science scale at each grade. In 2000, the national average scores of fourth- and eighth-graders were essentially unchanged from 1996. The only significant change in average score results occurred at grade 12, where there was a three-point decline in students' average score.

In addition to these national results, the 2000 science assessment collected performance data for fourth- and eighth-graders who attended public schools in states and other jurisdictions that volunteered to participate.

Figure 1. National average science scale score results, grades 4, 8, and 12 (public and nonpublic schools combined):
1996 and 2000

National average science scales score results, grades 4, 8, and 12 (public and nonpublic schools combined): 1996 and 2000

Significantly different from 2000. Significantly different from 2000.
NOTE: Results are based on administration procedures that did not permit accommodations.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics. The Nation's Report Card: Science Highlights (NCES 2002-452).

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