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Education

May 10, 2012 1:18 PM by David Sherman (david@krtv.com)

Montana students beat national average

Montana students have again exceeded the national average on an assessment of eighth grade science, outscoring the national average by 12 points.

For the second cycle in a row, Montana scored among the top three states, scoring only one point less than the top state.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as "The Nation's Report Card," details the results of tests administered by the U.S. Department of Education in January and February of 2011.

MT Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said, "The fields of science, medicine and technology are growing in our 21st century economy, and we need to make sure our students have the necessary skills to step into those opportunities. These scores demonstrate that our teachers are preparing students for the jobs of today and tomorrow."

She added, "These results are something we can all be proud of."

Other key results:

Mathematics: The percentage of students in Montana who performed at or above the NAEP Basic level was 87 percent in 2011. This percentage was greater than the nation (82 percent).

Mathematics: The percentage of students in Montana who performed at or above the NAEP Proficient level was 46 percent in 2011. This percentage was greater than the nation (34 percent).

Reading: The percentage of students in Montana who performed at or above the NAEP Basic level was 73 percent in 2011. This percentage was not significantly different from that in 2009 (73 percent) and was greater than that in 1994 (69 percent).

Reading: In 2011, the average score of eighth-grade students in Montana was 273. This was higher than the average score of 264 for public school students in the nation.

Science: In 2011, the average score of eighth-grade students in Montana was 163. This was higher than the average score of 151 for public school students in the nation.

The NAEP science assessment was updated in 2009 to stay current with key developments in science, curriculum standards, assessments and research. It is organized into three content areas: physical science, life science and earth and space science. The updated test also includes essay and word problems as well as multiple choice questions.

The report shows that eighth-graders in Montana scored 163 on average, compared to the national average score of 151.

Click here to read more at US Department of Education website.

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