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A Closer Look at Individual Districts

Use the tabs below to view science performance for each participating district. The profiles present a closer look at results for each district’s student groups by race/ethnicity and by income level (eligibility for free or reduced-price school lunch) and offer comparisons to the nation's public schools and to large central city public schools. In addition, results for a few, selected test questions are provided to give the reader a more concrete sense of how the district’s students performed. To learn more about the educational context in each district, see About Urban Districts.

Percentage of fourth-grade student responses rated correct or "Complete" on selected NAEP science questions in 2005, by jurisdiction
ment level
Score location Question description Nation Large central city Atlanta
205 – 300

Interpret readings from rain gauges

30 26 32

Interpret data to conclude conditions needed for seed germination

33 27 22
170 – 204

Explain what can be learned from fossils

36 29 30

Relate air (oxygen) supply to burning time

44 32 27

Interpret melting point data to determine which item melts first

65 62 64
138 – 169

Use data table to determine which day has the most daylight

66 57 53

Predict and explain water displacement by two objects

62 53 53

Identify function of a human structure

76 71 69
0 – 137 136

Identify process fish use to obtain oxygen

75 68 62

Compare weather data to tell which city has warmer temperatures

87 78 77
NOTE: Multiple-choice questions are shown in italic type.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2005 Trial Urban District Science Assessment.

In the table above, the “score location” of a test question on the scale represents the average scale score attained by students who had a 65 percent probability of successfully answering a constructed-response question, or a 74 percent probability of correctly answering a four-option multiple-choice question.

The scale score ranges for the science achievement levels (Basic, Proficient, and Advanced) are also displayed in the table. For constructed-response questions, the question description represents students’ performance rated as completely correct. The hyperlinked items have been released and are available in the NAEP Questions tool. To find other sample test questions with associated performance results by nation, state, and district, search the NAEP Questions Tool.

Cross-jurisdiction significance results are calculated using a multiple-comparison procedure based on all participating districts.  Results may vary from those obtained using single-district comparisons, such as those in the single-district snapshot reports.

Read more about the 2005 science assessment on the NAEP website. Read the specific definitions of the Basic, Proficient, and Advanced achievement levels for grades 4 and 8.

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