Science Scores

A frequent criticism launched in the NYC and country. Reliance on standardized tests to measure student achievement is that not everything in the trial tend to be few cases.

Science scores released 2/24/2011 tend to reinforce this argument, at least insofar as the city is affected. New York City students far behind other children in a national science test given to eighth graders in 2009 and did worse than their counterparts in other major cities. Sixty-two percent of city eighth graders who took the test one sample only, has failed the test, the same skills and basic scientific knowledge, only 13 percent scored skilled or sophisticated, two highest levels. This compares to 38 percent of all American eighth graders scored below basic and 56 percent of children in the city.

NYC's fourth graders fared better in tune with their fellow students across the country. This could provide some 'comfort, though, it is necessary to show about 44 per cent achieved in the basic course.


According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, among eighth graders, whites and Hispanics scored below average in large cities, other groups were similar. No group in New York passed the test of eighth grade. Among fourth graders, most groups have taken place around the national average for children in the city, except those who are eligible for school lunch (a measure of poverty), has done better as other eligible students in U.S. cities.

These tests - like many others - questioned the New York State exams. State science tests, says the Times, "80 percent of city fourth graders and 49 percent of its students showed the ability of the eighth."

The city - usually welcomes all samples except those he has not - has tried to put some blame elsewhere. Shael Polakow-Suransky, senior city academic officer, said that districts doing better than New York, tend to have fewer low-income students than New York City, the kind of service Education reasoning Bloomberg generally refuses. But he added that "this does not mean it's something to be proud of in terms of where we are."

The concern about a possible decline in science education is not new. Earlier this year, Steve Koss has written extensively about to fall in New York City Kids finalists or even win the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search.

Followed by a sharp decline in children in New York a victory in what he called the World Cup high school science since the beginning of the Bloomberg administration, Koss has offered a number of possible explanations, including emphasis on detection the increase of small schools and budgetary constraints.

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