New Jersey students often rank high in national tests when it comes to language arts and math, but new results in science are less encouraging. In 2011, just 34 percent of New Jersey eighth-graders taking the science section of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAE) were found to be proficient or better.
In the test dubbed the Nation’s Report Card, New Jersey beat the national average of 31 percent, but was still very much in the middle of the pack. Ten states scored 40 percent or higher, led by Massachusetts, Montana, and North Dakota. New Jersey’s average score was 155 out of 300, unchanged since the 2009 test.