In compliance with No Child Left Behind (NCLB) North Carolina students in grades 5 and 8 complete state End-of-Grade tests in science at the conclusion of each school year. The table for science shows the percentage of students who scored at or above grade level on the science End-of-Grade tests, as well as the number of tests taken by grade. Whenever there are fewer than five student scores in a category, a percentage is not reported so that student test results remain anonymous. Instead, an N/A (not available) appears in place of the percentage. Also, to protect student privacy, any percentage that is higher than 95 appears as >95%, and any percentage that is lower than 5 appears as <5%.
Student performance on the state's End-of-Grade tests is reported in levels ranging from I-IV. Students are considered to be at or above grade level if they receive a score of Achievement Level III or IV on the state's tests. For additional details about achievement levels and End-of-Grade tests, please visit the NC Department of Public Instructionís ABCs website. For more technical information about these data and their sources, please see the Data Sources & Information Guide.