Sunday, January 30, 2011

American students do poorly in science, report says

The results of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, or the Nation's Report Card, showed that only 21 percent of high school seniors were performing at or above the proficient level in science.

About a third of fourth and eighth graders were found to perform at the same level.

The figures in the report cannot be easily compared with the past because students were assessed in a new way that includes advances in science and pedagogy, and to bring it in line with international standards.

The Program of International Student Assessment which assesses different types of literacy found that that the United States ranked 13th out 34 developed countries.

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