Texas eighth-graders in every major ethnic group outscored most of their peers nationally on the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science test, reports the Texas Education Agency.
The state's African-American students scored fourth in the nation in their peer group, with a scale score of 137. Hispanic students were sixth overall among their peers with a 146 score, and white students were eighth overall with a 167.
The NAEP is often called "the nation's report card" in educational circles, because a random sample of students in all states and territories take it.
Texas' aggregate score for all students together was 153, two points above the national average of 151, but Education Week pointed out that the averages are still well below the "proficient" score of 170.
_ Shirley Jinkins