FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Eighth-graders in Kentucky are scoring
higher than their national counterparts in science in what is known
as the Nation's Report Card.
The Kentucky Department of Education reports that for 2011, the
state's average score was 157 compared with a national average of
151. The grading scale goes from zero to 300.
The last time the test was taken, in 2009, Kentucky students had
an average score of 156, while the national average was 149.
The scores were released Thursday by the U.S. Department of
The test, called the National Assessment of Educational
Progress, was given last year to more than 120,000 eighth-graders
from 7,300 schools nationwide. The national testing program
mandated by Congress also tests fourth-, eighth- and twelfth-grade
students in math, reading and other subjects.
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