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Jan 27, 2011 6:01 PM by Beth Saboe (KPAX News)

Montana students outpace the nation in science

Results of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in science have been released and the Nation's Report Card shows Montana fourth and eighth grade students exceeded the national average, outscoring other U.S. students by more than 10 points.

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau says this is great news considering how the fields of science, medicine and technology are growing in our 21st century economy.

"These scores demonstrate that our teachers are preparing students for the jobs of today and tomorrow."

The report shows that compared to the national average of 149, fourth-graders in Montana scored 160 on average and Montana eighth-graders scored 162 on average.

The Montana fourth-grade average score ranked among the second highest state average scores, only three points away from the highest score in the nation.

Juneau says Montana eighth graders share the highest score in the nation with three other states and the results also show that low-income students in Montana scored at or above the national average.

The tests, which were done last January and February, covered physical, life, earth and space science.

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