Report: NY 8th-graders below average in science

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May 11, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The federal government says there's less of a gap between black and white eighth-graders in New York when it comes to science scores. Overall, though, the whole class performs below the national average.

The findings are part of the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation's Report Card, released Thursday.

They're based on an exam given to more than 120,000 eighth-graders from 7,300 schools in 47 states.

The report found that the national average score was 152 in 2011, up from 150 in 2009.

In New York, the average score held steady at 149.

Black students in New York had an average score that was 33 points lower than white students in 2011. That's less than the 41-point spread reported two years earlier.

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