Less Than Half of Students Proficient in Science

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Results from a national exam show that less than half of Florida fourth and eighth grade students are
proficient in science.

Science scores from the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the Nation's Report Card, were released on Tuesday.

Florida's fourth grade students scored, on average, two
points higher than the nationwide average, while eighth graders
scored three points lower.

Just 32 percent of Florida fourth graders and 24 percent of
eighth grade students scored at the proficient level, and no more
than 1 percent reached the advanced range.

The results also show a stark achievement gap, with 68 percent
of black eighth grade students scoring below basic skill levels,
compared to 28 percent of whites.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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