The National Assessment of Educational Progress, which compares science achievement among students across the states, tells us more of what we already know. Connecticut, with lots of high achieving students, isn’t making any progress closing the gap between surban and city and white and nonwhite students.
For example, students in cities had an average score of 137, while suburban and rural students scored an average of 161. Connecticut’s average score.
The new scores for 8th grade science show that Connecticut is now slipping behind other states. Education Commissioner Stefan Prior, in a statement today, said:
In addition to slipping in relation to other states, Connecticut continues to struggle to confront performance gaps, this time in science, between students who are economically disadvantaged and their peers.