State Students Failing Science

June 25, 2003 - Posted at 9:25 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --Arkansas university professors attribute poor performance in college science classes to substandard high school science labs.

Officials from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock told a legislative committee yesterday that the state must do a better job in science education.

Officials say one reason Arkansas high school graduates don't excel in science is because they study in poorly equipped labs.

Legislators were told Arkansas does not have enough people applying for medical school and that those who do apply are often ill-prepared, scoring in the bottom 15 percent nationwide on their medical college acceptance tests.

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