U.S. Students Fail to Show Proficiency in Science
What subject should your child study harder in school this year?According to the federal government, more than two thirds of U.S. fourth graders did not show proficiency in science in the 2010-11 school year.
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.