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Colorado students tops in science scores

Staff reports Updated: May 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

Colorado’s eighth-graders improved  in science on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), according to the Colorado Department of Education.

Known as The Nation’s Report Card, Congress use NAEP results to help set education policy.

 The average science score  was 161 for the state's eighth-graders. This exceeds the 2009 score of 156. The national average was 151. They are scored  every two years.

CDE reports these accomplishments:

  • In 2011, the percentage of students in Colorado who performed at proficient or above  was 42 percent. That compares to  31 percent nationally. In 2009, the number at proficient or above was 36 percent in Colorado.
  • In 2011, the percentage of students in Colorado who performed at basic or above  was 75 percent. This was greater than that for the nation's public schools (64 percent). The percentage of students in Colorado who performed at Basic or above in 2009 was 70 percent.
  • Only one state, North Dakota, scored higher than CO in the 2011 science assessment; CO scored 161 and North Dakota scored 164.
  • Colorado outperformed 36 states and was not significantly different than 14 states.

In Colorado, 102 schools  and 1,900 students participated, and  nationwide there were 7,300 schools and 122,000 students.

 NAEP  is a project of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) under the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional Colorado highlights can be found at http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/CoNAEP.asp

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