The Nation's Report Card: Science 2009

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has just released The Nation’s Report Card: Science 2009. The 2009 science report presents results for students in grades 4, 8, and 12. National results for each of the three grades are based on representative samples of public and private school students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense schools. State results are reported separately for fourth- and eighth-grade public school students from 46 states and the Department of Defense schools.

A live webinar, featuring a Q&A session with the panelists, will stream the announcement of the results beginning at 11 a.m. ET. To view the event and submit a question, visit

Later at 2 p.m., ask your own questions about the assessment during Ask NAEP, a live, online Q&A with Associate Commissioner Peggy Carr. Submit your questions during the chat, or in advance at

Major findings from the report include:

• In 2009, 34 percent of fourth graders, 30 percent of eighth graders, and 21 percent of twelfth graders performed at or above the Proficient level.

• Seventy-two percent of fourth graders, 63 percent of eighth graders, and 60 percent of twelfth graders performed at or above the Basic level in 2009.

• Scores were higher than the nation in 24 states/jurisdictions at fourth grade and in 25 states/jurisdictions at eighth grade.

• Seventy-two percent of twelfth graders will have taken at least biology and chemistry by the time they graduate high school. Thirty-four percent will have taken biology, chemistry, and physics.

This report is a product of the National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Education.

To view the full report please visit