Nation's Report Card Home

Classroom Context: Hands-On Activities


As part of the 2011 science assessment, teachers of eighth-graders were asked about the amount of time students spent doing hands-on activities or investigations in science. The full text of the question and the percentage of students for each response category are below.

About how often do your science students do each of the following?

Do hands-on activities or investigations in science

A. Never or hardly ever
B. Once or twice a month
C. Once or twice a week
D. Every day or almost every day

Grade 8

In 2011, a lower percentage of students from lower-income families (those eligible for the National School Lunch Program) had teachers who asked them to do hands-on science activities or investigations once a week or more when compared to their peers. Click chart options below the chart to explore average scores or make comparisons of your choice.

See results for this contextual variable by the new 2011 race/ethnicity categories in the NAEP Data Explorer.