NAEP 2011 Science Results for Idaho

The Nation's Report Card

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Science 2011 Snapshot Report for Idaho  [ Grade 8 ]
Science 2011 State Report for Idaho [Grade 8 ] and Appendix [Grade 8 ]
The Nation's Report Card for Science 2011 [ Grade 8 ]
National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB)
NAEP Science 2011 [ Framework 2009-2011 ]  [ Test Item Specifications ]

The National Assessment Governing Board updated the science assessment in 2009 to keep the content current with key developments in science, curriculum standards, assessments, and research. The new framework organizes science content into three broad content areas (or strands): 

  • Physical science includes concepts related to properties and changes of matter, forms of energy, energy transfer and conservation, position and motion of objects, and forces affecting motion.

  • Life science includes concepts related to organization and development, matter and energy transformations, interdependence, heredity and reproduction, and evolution and diversity. 

  • Earth and space sciences include concepts related to objects in the universe, the history of the Earth, properties of Earth materials, tectonics, energy in Earth systems, climate and weather, and biogeochemical cycles.


Idaho State Department of Education

NAEP 2011 Science Results in the News
State Department of Education Blog (10-May-2012)
Miscellaneous Idaho Fact Sheets
NAEP 2011 Idaho vs. National Science Strand Results - All Students [ Grade 8 ]
NAEP 2011 Idaho vs. National Science Strand Results - Hispanic and White Students [ Grade 8 ]
NAEP 2011 Idaho vs. National Science Strand Results - Female and Male Students [ Grade 8 ]
NAEP 2011 Science Cross-State Comparisons - Mean Scale Score  [ Grade 8 ]

Noteworthy from NAEP 2011 Science

In 2011, NAEP assessed reading (grades 4 and 8), mathematics (grades 4 and 8), and science (grade 8). It is inappropriate to compare the scale scores across reading, mathematics and science, but transforming scale score results to percentile ranks does permit such comparisons, but with caution.

  • For NAEP 2011, Idaho 4th graders had a percentile rank of 52 in mathematics and 51 in reading.

  • For NAEP 2011, Idaho 8th graders had a percentile rank of 59 for science, 56 for mathematics, and 52 for reading.

  • Idaho's best performance for NAEP 2011 -- relative to national public school results -- was in 8th grade science.

Note:  Idaho's 8th grade percentile rank of 59 in science means that Idaho's average student (i.e., the science average score for Idaho's 8th graders) was  higher than 59 percent of 8th grade students in the nation's public schools.

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