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New Jersey NAEP 2011 Science Results:  Highlights [2009] [2005]

Interpreting NAEP Performance Levels:  Please note that New Jersey students who perform at or above the NAEP-Basic level are meeting or exceeding grade-level expectations.

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New Jersey 2011 NAEP Grade 8:

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools participated on the 2011 science assessment at grade 8.  No NAEP science assessments were administered at grades 4 and 8 in 2011.

Because of changes to the 2009 NAEP science framework, the 2011 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 2009 NAEP science framework is organized around three subscales:  physical science, life science, and earth and space sciences. 
Overview of the 2011 NAEP Science Framework, Teresa Neidorf, American Institutes for Research

Grade 8:  Key Findings for 2011

  • In 2011, 29 states and jurisdictions, including New Jersey (151), scored higher than the national public schools (151).
  • While students in 16 states scored higher in 2011 than in 2009, the average score for students in New Jersey in 2011 (155) was not significantly different from that in 2009 (155). 
  • In 2011, the percentage of students in New Jersey who performed at or above Basic was 69 percent.  This was greater than the percentage for the nation’s public schools (64 percent).
  • In 2011, the percentage of students in New Jersey who performed at or above Proficient was 34 percent.  This was not significantly different from the percentage for the nation’s public schools (31 percent).
  • The percentage of students in New Jersey who performed at or above Basic (69 percent) in 2011 was not significantly different from that in 2009 (70 percent).
  • The percentage of students in New Jersey who performed at or above Proficient in 2011 (34 percent) was not significantly different from that in 2009 (34 percent).

New Jersey Press Release  [5/10/2012]
New Jersey Science Achievement vs the National Public Schools  [2011]  [2009
New Jersey Science Achievement Growth, 2011 vs 2009, Grade 8:  [2011]
National Public Science Achievement Growth, 2011 vs 2009, Grade 8:  [2011]
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

  • NAEP 2011 Science:  New Jersey Snapshot  [Grade 8]
  • NAEP 2011: Science:  State Report for New Jersey  [2011]
  • NAEP 2011  Science:  The Nation’s Report Card  [Grade 8]
  • NAEP 2011  Science:  The Nation’s Report Card, on line [Grade 8]
  • NAEP 2011: Science:  Commissioner Jack Buckley, NCES  [2011]

National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB)