Students lacking science skills
May 14, 2012
Science is not one of California students’ better subjects, according to results of the “Nation’s Report Card” issued last week. (Orange County Register]
Students from the Golden State ranked 48th among states in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, with about 22 percent scoring passing grades. The national average was similarly low, with only 31 percent passing.
Massachusetts, Montana and North Dakota students tied for first in the proficiency test. Utah, Vermont, Colorado, Minnesota, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Virginia rounded out the top ten.
The test incorporated about 120,000 students nationwide, including 14,000 from California.
About 120,000 U.S. students were tested in the exams administered last school year, including about 14,000 in California out of the state’s 470,000 eighth-graders. Scores were not broken down beyond the state level. In Orange County, fewer than 100 students typically take the test each year.
Orange County Superintendent William Habermehl said that schools in California “just don’t teach enough science. In elementary school, science education is often just an hour a week. Without an increased focus on science, we won’t be able to produce enough scientists and engineers we need to move this country ahead.”