Missouri beats national average in science test

Thursday, May 10, 2012 | 4:48 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A new report says Missouri eighth-graders outperformed their peers nationwide on a science proficiency exam, but most still lacked a solid grasp of the subject.

Results announced Thursday from the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed Missouri students had an average scaled score of 156 out of 300 in 2011. The national average was 151.

The report also says 36 percent of Missouri eighth-graders scored "proficient" or above in science. The national average was 31 percent.

The U.S. Department of Education says the results show that eighth-graders nationwide are doing better in science than they were two years ago, but seven out of 10 still are not considered proficient.

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