U.S. Students Fail to Show Proficiency in Science
Six out of 10 eighth and twelfth graders also failed to meet proficiency on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which is used as a key measure of performance in science.
Francis Eberle, executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, said that the reason for this may be, in part, because science classes are often cut short in favor of math and reading.
The problem was so serious, President Obama included it in his last State of the Union address. Obama said science is crucial for American competitiveness.