Science scores up for state's eighth-graders

May 11, 2012 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Wyoming students improved their scores on an eighth-grade national science exam from 2009 to 2011.

Wyoming students had an average score of 160 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress science test in 2011, compared to 158 in 2009.

The increase is considered significant.

Wyoming's students beat the national average of 151.

The Wyoming Department of Education reports that only students in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and New Hampshire ranked ahead of Wyoming.

Wyoming scored higher than 36 states and was on par with 10.

On the 2011 test, 37 percent of Wyoming students scored proficient, while 1 percent achieved an advanced score. The rest fell in the basic category.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill said the improvement reflects new effort at improvement in the state's public schools. She said she hoped the news would encourage more Wyoming students to pursue higher education in the sciences.

and careers in science-related fields.

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