Results of The Nation's Report Card: Science 2011, Grade 8

Assessment Allows Comparison with 2009 in Three Content Areas of Science

May 07, 2012, 09:36 ET from National Assessment Governing Board

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The results of The Nation's Report Card: Science 2011, Grade 8, which details students' knowledge and abilities in the areas of physical science, life science and Earth and space sciences, will be released May 10 via a live webinar.

Join us to compare results from the 2009 science assessment and find out how students in grade 8 are doing in science. Have overall scores improved? Have the percentages of students performing at or above the Basic, Proficient and Advanced achievement levels changed? Has there been a shift in the racial/ethnic achievement gaps or differences between the scores of students in public and private schools?

Expert panelists will discuss the importance of science education and provide insight into how well our nation's students are demonstrating what they know and can do in science. Webinar panelists include:

  • Jack Buckley, Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics
  • Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, President, Siemens Foundation
  • Hector Ibarra, Middle School Science Teacher, Belin-Blank International Center and Talent Development at the University of Iowa; Member, National Assessment Governing Board

The event details:
What: Live webinar on The Nation's Report Card: Science 2011, Grade 8
When: Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 10 a.m. EDT
How to register: Visit

Gain early access to results: Approved media can gain embargoed access to materials on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 10 a.m. EDT. Access must be requested. Please contact Erika Boyce at 202.559.5246 or

Participate in an embargoed pre-call: Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 12 p.m. EDT. Media representatives are encouraged to discuss the embargoed data and information with experts ahead of the release. Access must be requested. Please contact Erika Boyce at 202.559.5246 or

For media requests and interviews: Contact Stephaan Harris, 202.357.7504 or

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The Nation's Report Card is the largest nationally representative, continuing evaluation of the condition of education in the United States and has served as a national yardstick of student achievement since 1969. Through the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), The Nation's Report Card informs the public about what America's students know and can do in various subject areas, and compares achievement data between states and various student demographic groups.

The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, bipartisan board whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators, business representatives and members of the general public. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988 to set policy for NAEP.

SOURCE National Assessment Governing Board