Tuesday, January 25, 2011

NAEP Science: Kentucky moves forward again

In NAEP science results released today, Kentucky's fourth grade results put us fourth among the states, and our eighth grade results put us sixteenth.  Our students have outscored the national average by a statistically significant margin at both levels.
These results are not enough: Kentucky unquestionable unquestionably needs to push science performance even higher.

And yet, these results are a truly wonderful milestone in Kentucky's sustained effort to raise student achievement.

For two decades, Kentucky has pursued standards, assessments, accountability, and instructional improvement across a full curriculum, never settling for reading and mathematics as the  only subjects for statewide attention.

These science results make sense to me as a key return on that lasting commitment--and a great encouragement to move forward with even greater determination to strengthen what our students know and can do in the years ahead.

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