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Grade 8 National Results

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  • View student performance by various student groups, including gender, race/ethnicity, type of school (public or private), family income level (based on eligibility for the National School Lunch Program), students with disabilities (SD), and English language learners (ELL).
  • Below each figure, click the button for "chart options" to see the data displayed in other chart formats.
  • To conduct a significance test using the NAEP Data Explorer, click on the link under each table below.
Average Scores
Achievement Levels

For this first assessment based on the new science framework, the overall average score was set at 150 on the 0 to 300 scale. This score will serve as a baseline for comparison to performance on future science assessments.

Because of the recent changes to the assessment, the results from 2009 cannot be compared to those from previous assessment years. To establish the baseline for future science assessments, the overall average score for each grade was set at 150 on a 0 to 300 scale. Find out more about the new framework and what the assessment measures.

Read specific descriptions of what eighth-graders should know and be able to do at the Basic, Proficient, and Advanced science achievement levels.

Read more information on how to interpret NAEP science results, including how each student group is defined.