Wed., January 26, 2011 1:00pm (EST)

Students Rank Low in Science
By Kristen McCrae
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology in Canada, interacting with a child learning science (Photo courtesy of SFU Public Affairs and Media Relations via Flickr).
Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology in Canada, interacting with a child learning science (Photo courtesy of SFU Public Affairs and Media Relations via Flickr).
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