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Christine Miles, 503-947-5637

May 10, 2012

Superintendent Castillo Announces 2011 NAEP Science Results

Oregon student performance remains above national average

(Salem, Ore.) – Today State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced the release of Oregon's 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science results. Also known as the Nation's Report Card, the test was administered to a representative sample of Oregon eighth graders early in 2011.

“NAEP provides a unique and valuable lens through which to examine our student achievement,” said Superintendent Susan Castillo. “I am pleased to see the consistent performance of Oregon’s 8th graders in science and am particularly encouraged by the improvement of our low-income students. However, I want to see more. If we want to compete nationally and internationally in today’s technology-rich workplace, above average just doesn’t cut it. We need to continue to strive for excellence. That's why I support the efforts in our state to move forward a strong STEM agenda and increase access to high quality, rigorous science, technology, engineering, and math education for our kids.”

According to the 2011 NAEP results, Oregon’s 8th graders continue to score above the national average in science. Oregon’s average score was 155 compared to a national average score of 151 for public school students. NAEP last tested students in science in 2009. Oregon 8th graders scored one point higher in 2011 than in 2009 but this increase is not statistically significant.

The performance of Oregon’s minority and special education students in science also held steady since 2009. Of particular interest in this year’s report was the performance of Oregon’s low-income students whose scores rose from 141 in 2009 to 145 in 2011. This increase is statistically significant. The national average score for low-income students was 137 in 2011, up from 133 in 2009.

For more on NAEP results, go to: http://nationsreportcard.gov/science_2011/.
For an FAQ on NAEP, go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/wma/superintendent/release/naep-faq-science-2011.pdf .

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Christine Miles, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5637

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