Arkansas Science Scores Remain Steady Since 2000

MAY 24, 2006 - Posted at 3:15 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas' students last year showed little improvement since 2000 in science test scores released today by the federal government.

The Nation's Report Card on science measures progress for students in grades four, eight, and 12.  Nationally, fourth grade scores increased in 2005 from results in 2000 and 1996.  There was no overall improvement among eighth graders, and high school seniors' scores have dropped since 1996.

The tests measure students' knowledge of earth, physical and life sciences.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)