2016-17 State of Education in Tennessee - Page 19

Results released in October 2016 showed Tennessee ’ s widespread growth on the NAEP science assessment , doubling the average national growth in both fourth and eighth grades . This growth propelled Tennessee into the top half of all states . Regionally , the growth of all students put
Tennessee ahead of many neighboring states . This rise can be attributed , in large part , to impressive gains posted by historically underserved student groups . The eighth-grade NAEP science results provide an example of this growth .
FIGURE 13 . GRADE 8 NAEP SCIENCE SCORES BY RACE / ETHNICITY *
200
180
+ 8
160 140 120 100
162
166
157
165
126
132
122
+ 8
130
132
140
139
+ 6
145
US 2009 US 2015 TN 2009 TN 2015
80
60
40
20
0
White Black Hispanic * Maximum NAEP Science Score : 300 ; national average score : 150 .
Source : NAEP , 2016
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