State Science Scores Drop

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A new report shows that the scores of Nevada's elementary school students who took a national science test in 2005 dropped slightly compared with 2000 results, while nationwide scores showed gains in the same period.

Average science scores for Nevada students in both fourth and eighth grades were lower in 2005 than in 2000, and a slightly lower percentage of students met basic science achievement levels.

The science scores are from the National Center for Education Statistics, an arm of the Education Department, which periodically administers tests on a range of topics.

Nevada was one of a handful of states that saw a significant drop in average eighth-grade scores. It also was among several states with the lowest percentages of children doing proficient work in science.