Science Proficiency  
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Ranking State % of Students above
"Basic" levels
1 Montana 46%
2 Massachusetts 42%
3 Minnesota 42%
4 Ohio 41%
5 North Dakota 40%
6 Idaho 39%
7 Vermont 39%
8 Wisconsin* 39%
9 MICHIGAN 37%
10 Nebraska 37%
11 Iowa* 36%
12 Maine 36%
13 Missouri 36%
14 Connecticut 35%
15 Wyoming 35%
16 Indiana 34%
17 Utah 34%
18 Oregon 33%
19 Colorado* 32%
20 Alaska* 31%
21 Virginia 31%
22 Illinois 30%
23 Kentucky 29%
24 Maryland 29%
25 New York 29%
26 Rhode Island 29%
27 Oklahoma 27%
28 North Carolina 26%
29 Washington* 26%
30 West Virginia 26%
31 Tennessee 25%
32 Arizona 24%
33 Arkansas 23%
34 Georgia 23%
35 Nevada 23%
36 Texas 23%
37 Alabama 22%
38 Delaware* 20%
39 Florida* 20%
40 New Mexico 20%
41 South Carolina 20%
42 Louisiana 18%
43 California 15%
44 Hawaii 15%
45 Mississippi 15%

The above results are for the 8th grade, 2000 school year.
*   Data from 1996 test results.

No data was available for:
Kansas, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota

Source: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/

 
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Achievement Levels
 
Basic: Denotes partial mastery of prerequisite knowledge and skills that are fundamental for proficient work at each grade.
 
Proficient: Represents solid academic performance for each grade assessed. Students reaching this level have demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter, including subjectmatter knowledge, application of such knowledge to real-world situations, and analytical skills appropriate to the subject matter.
 
Advanced: Represents superior performance.

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