TEA News Release 2

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    May 10, 2012

     

    Texas African-American students rank fourth nationally
    on eighth-grade science NAEP 

     

    AUSTIN – Texas students in every major ethnic group significantly outscored their peers nationally on the eighth grade National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science test, with the state’s African-American students earning the fourth highest score in the country compared to other African-American students.

    Test results released today by the National Center for Education Statistics show that when the data is reported by ethnic groups, Texas’ Hispanic students earned the sixth highest score and the state’s white students ranked eighth among their peers.

    Texas students who are Asian or English Language Learners also significantly outscored their peer groups nationally.  Texans also substantially outperformed their peer groups from other large, diverse states.
    Overall, Texas students earned a scale score of 153 on the test, besting the national score of 151. The state ranked 29th when the total testing population was considered.

    “Although some groups have criticized our new science curriculum standards, the NAEP scores prove that Texas teachers and students are doing something very right in our science classrooms. Texans in every major ethnic group are outperforming their peers nationally, even though many of our students must overcome the obstacles associated with poverty to do so. This is Texas being Texas.  I am extremely proud of our students and teachers,” said Commissioner of Education Robert Scott.

     

    Grade 8 – Scale Score
    Score Range 0-300

    Student Group

    National Public

    Texas

    State Rank

    All Students

    151

    153

    29th

    White

    163

    167

    8th

    African American

    128

    137

    4th

    Hispanic

    136

    146

    6th

    Asian

    159

    172

    na

    ELL  ( English Language Learners)

    106

    118

    na

    SD ( Students with Disabilities)

    124

    121

    na

       

    Bolded numbers = statistically significantly higher than national public

     

    Students took the 2011 NAEP during the first year that Texas’ revised science curriculum standards were in use in classrooms. Prior to implementation of the standards, science training academies were held for those who teach science in fifth through eighth grade.

    “Training, revised curriculum standards and a renewed push to improve math and science education are paying off for this state,” Scott said.

    The NAEP, called the “Nation’s Report Card” because a random sample of students in all states and territories take it, gives parents a way to compare educational performance in their state with students in other states.

    Many of the states that earned higher average scores than Texas have distinctly different demographic compositions than this state.

    Among African-American students, only students in Colorado, the Department of Defense schools and Virginia outperformed Texans.

    Among Hispanic students, the states that earned higher average scores than Texas were the Department of Defense schools, Ohio, South Dakota, Kentucky and Alaska.

    Among white students, only students in the following states earned a higher average scale score than did Texans: District of Columbia, Colorado, the Department of Defense schools, Massachusetts, Virginia, North Dakota and Minnesota.

    Texas students drastically outperformed their peers in large, diverse states. The following chart shows the state rank on the science test. 

     

    State

    African American

    Hispanic

    White

    Overall

    Texas

    4th

    6th

    8th

    29th

    California

    30th

    42nd

    43rd

    49th

    Florida

    23rd

    9th

    34th

    39th

    Illinois

    36th

    32nd

    33rd

    43rd

    New York

    15th

    41st

    29th

    38th

     

    The following charts show the difference in average scale scores between jurisdictions.

    Science scores for Hispanic students

    Science Grade 8 Hispanic

    Science scores for African-American students
    2011 Science Grade 8 African-American

    Science scores for white students
    Science Grade 8 White

    NOTE: DoDEA=Department of Defense Education Activity (overseas and domestic schools).
    SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2011 Science Assessment.

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