October 27 | The 74 Million

By Carolyn Phenicie

Scores on national benchmark science tests rose for fourth and eighth graders from 2009 to 2015, while high school seniors' stayed flat and science proficiency for all grades tested remained at basic levels for vast numbers of U.S. students. 

Achievement gaps on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation's Report Card, between white students and students of color narrowed in fourth and eighth grade but remained largely unchanged in 12th grade. There was no gap between boys' and girls' scores in fourth grade, but boys continued to score a few points higher than girls in eighth and 12th grade. 

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