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Hawai‘i 4th & 8th Graders Show Improvement in Science

October 27, 2016, 12:50 PM HST
* Updated October 27, 12:55 PM
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The Nation’s Report Card: 2015 Science assessment by the National Assessment Governing Board and the National Center for Education Statistics, shows Hawai‘i’s fourth and eighth graders are making progress.

For grade four, the average scale score of 146 was six points higher than the score of 140 in 2009. For grade eight, the average scale score of 144 was five points higher than the score of 139 in 2009.

Hawai‘i’s gains in science exceeded national gains, but the state’s scores currently remain  lower than the average scale scores for national public schools, as are Hawai‘i’s percentages of students achieving at or above proficient and at or above basic levels.

“These results validate the gains that we reported earlier this month as part of our Hawai‘i science assessments,” said Kathryn Matayoshi, HIDOE superintendent. “Now, with the recent adoption of Next Generation Science Standards, our schools are moving towards a more engaging approach to learning science where we expect the science instruction to connect with understanding the world around them and prepare them for community, career and college.”

NAEP achievement levels are set by the National Assessment Governing Board. “Basic” indicates partial mastery of prerequisite grade-level knowledge and skills that are fundamental for proficient work. “Proficient” represents competency over complex subject matter and may go beyond the grade level tested, and “Advanced” stands for superior performance.

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NAEP is a congressionally mandated project of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. NAEP reports are available online.

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