CHICAGO (WBBM) — Chicago Public Schools students do not fare well in the subject of science, according to a newly released national study.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, the results came from the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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The study showed that Illinois students are on a level playing field with other kids, but CPS students specifically are far behind when compared to students in other large urban school districts.

For eighth-graders, the study showed they scored 27 points lower in science than their peers nationwide. Fourth-graders lagged 24 points back.

In terms of analyzing scientific concepts and critical thinking skills, only 44 percent of eighth graders scored a partial grade, as compared to 50 percent of students in other large cities.

One expert points the finger at CPS elementary and middle school science teachers, who may not have a background in science.

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