PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota eighth-grade students are staying ahead of their peers when it comes to the latest science scores.
South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp says the scores as measured by the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress are good, but virtually unchanged since 2009.
Just one state – North Dakota – scored statistically higher than South Dakota’s average scale score of 162. Eight states scored statistically the same as South Dakota.
The national average is 151, a slight improvement from 149 in 2009. Scores are based on a 300-point scale.
Schopp says the students continue to perform well, but the state can’t get complacent and rest on its laurels.
The gender gap both nationally and in South Dakota remains, with boys continuing to outperform their female counterparts in science.
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