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New Jersey NAEP 2009 Science Results:  Highlights

Interpreting NAEP Performance Levels:  Please note that New Jersey students who perform at or above the NAEP-Basic level are meeting or exceeding grade-level expectations.

According to the NAEP performance-level descriptors . . . read more

New Jersey is among the 46 states that volunteered to participate in the 2009 NAEP state-level science assessment at grades 4 and 8.  Approximately, 2,800 New Jersey students were assessed per grade level.

The 2009 NAEP science assessment was guided by a new NAEP framework that was updated to keep the content current with key developments in science, curriculum standards, assessments and research.  Because of these recent changes, the 2009 NAEP science results cannot be compared with those from previous test administrations.

The 2009 framework is organized around three subscales:  physical science, life science, and earth and space science
Please note that the New Jersey students who perform at or above NAEP-Basic level are meeting or exceeding grade-level expectations.  According to the performance level descriptors, students performing at the Basic level demonstrate “partial mastery of prerequisite knowledge and skills that are fundamental for proficient work.”

Grade 4:

  • New Jersey was one of 24 states/jurisdictions with an average scale score (155) that was higher than the average scale score for the nation’s public schools (149).
  • In 2009, 78 percent of the New Jersey students performed at or above NAEP Basic which was greater than the percent for the nation’s public schools (71 percent). 
  • Unlike the nation’s public schools which reported a male/female achievement gap, the New Jersey average scale score for males (156) did not differ significantly from the average scale score for female students.

Grade 8:

  • New Jersey was one of 25 states/jurisdictions with an average scale score (155) that was higher than the average scale score for the nation’s public schools (149).
  • In 2009, 70 percent of the New Jersey students performed at or above NAEP Basic which was greater than the percent for the nation’s public schools (62 percent). 
  • Unlike the nation’s public schools which reported a male/female achievement gap, the New Jersey average scale score for males (156) did not differ significantly from the average scale score for female students (153).

New Jersey and the Nation’s Public Schools, Science Achievement[Grades 4 and 8]

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB)