(05/16/2012)
West Virginia's school system continues to get bad grades related to student achievement.

Earlier the Nation's Report Card indicated the state is near dead last in outcomes.

A new report says West Virginia's eighth-graders perform worse in science than their peers across the USA, with only 25 percent with a solid grasp of the subject.

According to National Assessment of Educational Progress just released, only 24 percent of public school eighth-graders in WV achieved "proficient" science scores in 2011, compared to 21 percent in 2009.

Only one percent scored at the "advanced" level, unchanged from 2009.

Nationally, 29 percent scored at the proficient level and two percent at the advanced level.

Proficiency is defined as solid academic performance at grade level, including subject-matter knowledge, application of such knowledge to real-world situations, and analytical skills appropriate to the subject matter.


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