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Top stories in NAEP science 2011

National: Eighth-graders score higher in 2011 than in 2009.

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State: Eighth-graders in 16 states score higher than in 2009.

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Dig Deeper into the Science Results

To investigate the relationship between academic achievement and various contextual factors, NAEP collects information from teachers about their classroom activities. One of the questions on the teacher questionnaire for grade 8 asked them to indicate how often their science students did hands-on activities or investigations. Explore this contextual factor by navigating through the slides for the nation and states.


Explore these results further, along with other contextual factors.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2009-2011 Science Assessments.

Explore the 2011 Science Report Card

  • 2011 Science Report CardBrowse the report online and link to the full data for each figure.
  • Download a copy of the report to print or share.
  • Read the statement from Jack Buckley, Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Read the National Assessment Governing Board's news release (278 KB PDF).

View State Snapshots

NCES provides a customized summary report for each state or jurisdiction that participates in the NAEP assessments.

Select a state to view a State Snapshot report.

View the Science Framework

The Science Framework serves as the blueprint for the assessment, describing the specific science skills that should be assessed.

For more information, download the Science Framework for the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress.