Virginia eighth-graders outpace the nation in science, but live in the world.
First the good news: Virginia’s eighth-grade public school students outscored their national peers in science knowledge last year. The National Assessment of Educational Progress report rated 40 percent of them proficient or better. That was up from 36 percent in 2009.
Now the bad news: Only 40 percent of Virginia’s eight-graders rated proficient or better in science knowledge. Only two out of five Virginia eighth-graders and less than one-third nationally demonstrate science competency.
Outperforming their fellow Americans, while an accomplishment, is a small victory when the nation’s students collectively perform so poorly.