According to scores on a new proficiency test, Georgia fourth and eighth graders fall below the national average in science.
Only 27 percent of students performed at or above acceptable levels.
That compares to 32 percent nationally.
But the Georgia Department of Education says not to worry.
A spokesman says this new test will serve as a benchmark they will use to further develop what to teach in the classroom.
The findings are part of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Contributors: The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Georgia Department of Education