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Missouri’s 4th and 8th Grade Science Students Top 20 in Nation

Missouri’s 8th grade students ranked in the nation’s top 20 on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) exams in 2005 and again in 2012.

The NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas, and Missouri schools are periodically selected to participate in NAEP assessments. NAEP administers uniform assessments nationwide in a number of content areas — including science — in the 4th, 8th, and 12th grades.

Science scores and rankings on the NAEP exams are based on the percentage of students scoring at or above proficient on each assessment. In 2005 (the base year for comparative analysis), Missouri’s 8th graders were 13th in the nation with a 36% proficiency rating. In 2012, Missouri’s 8th grade science students achieve the same percentage proficiency rating (36% of students scored at or above proficient), but fell to 18th nationally in rank.

Missouri’s students aren’t just excelling in science on NAEP assessments. Students have increased their science scores on the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests from 2008 to 2012, as well. From 2008 to 2012, 5th grade students jumped from 44.7% to a 51.6% scoring at or above proficient. 8th grade science students increased from 43.3% scoring at or above proficient to 49.9% scoring at or above proficient.

Proficiency in science is apparent on ACT scores in Missouri, as well. For the last seven years, Missouri has ranked in the top 24 states nationally on the science portion of the ACT.

Keep Science Fun for Your Kids
If you enjoy seeing Missouri’s students excel in the sciences, you can help continue the positive trend by keeping science fun for your kids at home.

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