Study: CPS Students Perform Poorly In Science

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.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports

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.

  • John

    This is absurd. Only selected schools take the NAEP test, so this isn’t an accurate representation of CPS students. Also, this article fails to mention that many CPS schools were without science programs for years due to the pressure of the ISAT exams and the focus on reading and math. It is disheartening to see article after article blame teachers when CPS has been run by bureaucrats without teaching degrees. I’d love to know the background and education experience of this “expert.” Maybe if public schools were financially supported, students would have access to more modern curricula.

  • Ella Wilk

    the one and only thing CPS is worry about is a SCIENCE FAIR and our schools do nothing other than Display board for the fair so the school can be recognized. No real science . Very sad!!!!

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