Colorado students scored slightly higher than the national average on an exam that showed less than half the students nationwide were considered proficient in science.
Test results released Tuesday show that 39 percent of Colorado fourth-graders scored proficient or above in 2009, compared with 32 percent nationally. Among eighth-graders, 36 percent scored proficient or above compared with 29 percent nationally.
The results are from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card. The Colorado Department of Education says the state performed higher than 24 states in the fourth grade and 22 states in the eighth grade.
State education officials say the goal is to see strong proficiency for all students in all subjects.