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Thursday, October 27, 2016

NAEP Science Scores on 'The Right Track'

Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

Washington, D.C. (October 27, 2016) - The results of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation's Report Card, in Science were released today. The science assessment measures students' knowledge of three major content areas: physical science, life science, and Earth and space sciences.

The results show that average NAEP science scores for the nation increased between 2009 and 2015 in both grades 4 and 8, but did not change significantly at grade 12.

Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), said, "The results of the Nation's Report Card: 2015 Science released today reflect the investments many states have made to better equip students with the skills and abilities they will need to succeed in college, careers and life. I am proud to see scores rise for all students in 4th and 8th grade since 2009, and it is important that achievement gaps are beginning to narrow. We are on the right track, but we all recognize more work needs to be done to ensure every child graduates prepared for the world that awaits them. I am confident states will continue to address this work as they transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act and work with stakeholders to create education systems that better meet the needs of all kids."

A new NAEP science framework was released in 2009, marking the start of a new trend line. At grades 4, 8, and 12, results are compared to results from the 2009 assessment.

For more information on the NAEP Science results, visit For more information about the Every Student Succeeds Act, visit


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.