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New Jersey NAEP 2015 Science Results: Highlights

Overview

Forty-six states and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools participated in the 2015 science assessment.
Because of changes to the 2009 NAEP science framework, the 2015 NAEP science results should only be compared to the 2009 NAEP science results.  The NAEP 1996, 2000, and 2005 science assessments were based on a NAEP Science Framework approved in 1991.
The NAEP science framework is organized around three subscales:

  1. Physical science
  2. Life science
  3. Earth and Space Sciences

Grade 8:  Key Findings

  • New Jersey (156), scored higher than the national public schools (154).
  • The percentage New Jersey 8th graders who performed at or above Basic was 71 percent. This was two percent greater than the percentage for the nation's public schools (67 percent).
  • The percentage of students in New Jersey who performed at or above Proficient was 35 percent.  This was also two percent greater than the percentage for the nation's public schools (33 percent).
  • The percentage of students in New Jersey who performed at or above Basic (71 percent) in 2015 was two percent higher than that in 2011 (69 percent).
  • The percentage of students in New Jersey who performed at or above Proficient in 2015 (35 percent) was two percent higher than that in 2011 (33 percent).
  • The Black-White achievement gap was 28 points in 2015. This was a decrease of 7 points from 2011 (35) and a decrease of 9 points from 2009 (37).
  • The White-Hispanic achievement gap was 26 points. This was a decrease of 6 points from 2011 (32) and a decrease of 1 point from 2009 (27).
  • The achievement gap between students who are Eligible for Free or Reduced price student lunch and those who are Ineligible was 25 points. This was a decrease of 4 points from the gap in 20011 (29) and 6 points from the gap in 2009 (31).

Grade 4:  Key Findings
*The grade 4 results are compared to the year 2009. There was no NAEP test administered to grade 4 in 2011.

  • New Jersey (155), scored higher than the national public schools (153).
  • The percentage New Jersey 4th graders who performed at or above Basic was 76 percent. This was one percent higher than the percentage for the nation's public schools (75 percent).
  • The percentage of students in New Jersey who performed at or above Proficient was 39 percent.  This was two percent higher than the nation's public schools (37 percent).
  • The percentage of students in New Jersey who performed at or above Basic (76 percent) in 2015 was two percent lower than that in 2009 (78 percent).
  • The percentage of students in New Jersey who performed at or above Proficient in 2015 (39 percent) was not significantly different from that in 2009 (39 percent).
  • The Black-White achievement gap was 35 points in 2015. This was an increase of 2 points from 2009 (33).
  • The White-Hispanic achievement gap was 29 points. This was a decrease of 2 points from 2009 (31).
  • The achievement gap between students who are Eligible for Free or Reduced price student lunch and those who are Ineligible was 31 points. That was a decrease of 1 point from the gap in 2009 (32)

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