Wash. students beat national average in science

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington eighth graders do better than the national average on a science test that is given to kids across the country. But two-thirds of the middle school students given the national science assessment still aren't proficient in the subject.

That's better than the national average, with seven out of 10 kids not scoring at the proficient level.

And just 2 percent of eighth graders in Washington and across the nation have the advanced skills that could lead to science careers

This information comes from the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress, also called the Nation's Report Card. The results were released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education.

The average score in Washington was 156, a few points above the national average of 152. Washington did better than 26 other states and jurisdictions, and had similar scores to eleven.