on a new study released by the Department of Education on science abilities for fourth, eighth, and twelfth graders in the US. Fourth grade scores went up, eighth grade scores held steady, and twelfth grade scores went down.
It would be nice to think that this means four years from now, the eighth grade scoares will be much better. Don't count on it. Many studies have shown that U.S. elementary school students equal their counterparts in other countries, but the farther up you go the farther the US students fall behind. Rather than provide hope for the future, this new study just confirms what we already know.