According to a new report from the federal government 8th graders in the U.S. are doing better in science than in pervious years.
However, the report showed only a minimal increase in performance from two years ago. Furthermore, only 7 out of 10 scored high enough to be considered proficient in science and a total of 2% showed they have the advanced skills that could lead to careers in the field. The overall low scores are concerning for educators who see U.S. students continue to fall behind students globally.
Montana and North Dakota tied for the best performance with 44% of students scoring proficient or better. Mississippi was at the bottom of the list with just 14% of students scoring proficient.