WPR News
7:33 am
Wed May 24, 2006

National Test Not All Good News

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming fourth and eighth graders are above average at science. On the national exam known as NAEP the students scored in the top ten in the country. But, the news is not all good. Only about a third of them are considered proficient or advanced at science. The State Superintendent, Jim McBride, says of course they want to improve this. And to that end he says in two years they will give students a state level science test and he says that will create more accountability and improve scores on the NAEP test.
McBride says the new Hathaway Scholarship that gives qualified high school graduates money for college will also inspire students. And the required curriculum that will go along with the scholarship should also improve students' ability in science.