As the school year winds down, here's a bit of good tween news: they are learning more science.
According to the Nation's Report Card (also known as National Assessment of Educational Progress), on tests of Earth, physical, life and space science, eighth graders' scores improved from 2009 to 2011. The gains were small, two percentage points, but statistically significant. The news is particularly encouraging after the 1990s, when there was no improvement. Moreover, the gains were seen in all achievement levels.
Sadly, the news is not all good.
Although the gender gap narrowed, it still exists according to this study. Boys scored on average five points higher than girls.
Even more concerning, there was a 35-point gap between white and black students in 2011.
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