May 24, 2006
Elementary and middle school students in Virginia have gotten better at understanding science.
According to the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress, 40% of public fourth graders understand earth, physical, and life science at their grade level. That's up from 32% back in 2000. Local school officials believe it's due to several reasons.
"The fact that is happening at a statewide level indicates that it has something to do with the Standards of Learning and I think that's something that we should be very proud of," said Charlottesville school board chair, Julie Gronlund.
"It just confirms what I see day in and day out--how hard teachers work, how much students are learning," said principal of Venable Elementary, Malcolm Jarrell.
Officials however believe there is still more work to do, especially considering that report also showed an achievement gap in science between racial groups.