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As part of the 2009 science assessment, teachers of fourth- and eighth-graders were asked how much time they spent on different areas of science. The full text of the question, percentage of students whose teachers responded in each category, and scale scores of students for each response category are below.

In this class, about how much time do you spend on each of the following areas of science?

A. Life science
B. Earth and space sciences
C. Physical science

Grade 4
Grade 8

Fourth-graders in large city schools who had teachers who spent at least "some" time on Earth and space sciences, life science, and physical science had higher scores than students whose teachers spent "little" time on topics in any of the areas.

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