Florida's NAEP science scores improve but still lag nation
Florida eighth graders continue to lag behind the national average on the NAEP national science exam, but their overall score rose.
The state's average scale score was 148, up from 146 two years ago. That compares to the national average score of 151, up from 149 two years ago. This year, 62 percent of Florida's students were rated at or above basic, including 28 percent at proficient or better. That's also up from 57 percent and 25 percent, respectively.
Only seven states had lower average scores than Florida's eighth graders.
On a related note, the State Board of Education received commissioner Gerard Robinson's recommendations to make changes to the current state science standards while waiting to see whether they want to adopt the national Common Core science curriculum that's due out publicly on Friday. Board member John Padget asked the staff to make recommendations on how to proceed when the board meets later this summer.
The department recommended against Florida adopting another state's science standards, or the NAEP Frameworks.