When it comes to science, nobody beats New Hampshire. More New Hampshire students scored at-or-above proficient in science on the nation’s report card than any other state in the country, according to the Union Leader. Plus, fourth graders with disabilities tied for highest achievement with Massachusetts and Kentucky. Over 70 percent of New Hampshire classrooms are using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which are intended to help students develop a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of science.Fourth- and eighth-grade students’ scores improved in 2015 compared to 2011 and 2009. Fifty-one percent of New Hampshire fourth-graders scored at-or-above proficient, the highest percentage in the nation, and had an average scale score of 165–a 4 percent increase from 2011. Eighth grade students’ scores saw similar gains, jumping from 162 in 2011 to 165 in 2015.
Governor Maggie Hassan and Education Commissioner Virginia Barry commented on the results:
“I am encouraged by the impressive results of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress and proud to see Granite State students, particularly those who experience disabilities, leading the nation in the important subject of science,” said Gov. Maggie Hassan in a statement. “These results remind us that in order to ensure that our young people are prepared to compete for jobs in the 21st century innovation economy, we must continue working togetherto equip them with the necessary skills and innovative thinking for such jobs, including modernizing education in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math.”
“These assessment results are further affirmation that New Hampshire schools, our students, our parents and especially our teachers are dedicated to the excellence in education we continue to promote,” said New Hampshire Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry in a statement. “Most notable is the success demonstrated by our students with a disability. Having the highest level of proficiency of all states is evidence of our state’s dedication to all children.”
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