Fewer than three in 10 students in Rhode Island have achieved proficiency in science despite the adoption of more demanding standards three years ago.
The state Department of Education says no school district or groups of students made significant improvements in science in 2016. The results continue a four-year decline in science proficiency.
State Education Commissioner Ken Wagner says the results are disappointing and call for urgency.
He says the state adopted the Next Generation Science Standards in 2013, which asks students to think like a scientists. But the New England Common Assessment Program focuses much more on the subject matter.
Wagner says there's a mismatch between the test and the state's new standards.