Connecticut performance on national science assessment remains steady; Hispanic students show improvement

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — When it comes to science, Connecticut 4th and 8th graders are holding their own. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the “Nation’s Report Card” released the results from 2015 science assessments today and results show grade 4 performing at the national average and grade 8 students performing above the national average. Another encouraging sign is the progress being made towards closing the achievement gap with Hispanic students.

“In Connecticut, we raised the bar for all children with more rigorous learning standards in reading and math, and with adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards. These results show that Connecticut students are holding their own nationally in science, but that we need to do more to ensure that all students have access to high-quality STEM education that prepares them to take on the advanced jobs of the future,” said Commissioner of Education Dianna R. Wentzell. “We are committed to supporting school districts in their efforts to strengthen science instruction and improve student performance in this critical field.”

The NAEP science assessment is a rigorous test that measures student knowledge in three areas: physical science, Earth and space sciences, and life science. The statewide scores are based on the performance of a sample of students selected to statistically represent the whole state.

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