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The average science score amongst D.C. eight graders was 112 out of 300 — well below the national average of 152.
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The average science score amongst D.C. eight graders was 112 out of 300 — well below the national average of 152.

Results from an assessment, known as the Nation's Report Card, are out. D.C.'s public schools, both traditional and charter, ranked last among 52 jurisdictions.

The average science score for D.C. eighth graders is 112 out of a possible 300 points. That's below the national average of 152. The test measures a student's knowledge in areas that includes physical and life sciences.

Both Maryland and Virginia improved their test scores since 2009. The average Maryland science score is now 152. Virginia's score is 160.

Education leaders in D.C. called the scores a "reality check." DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson says she is "deeply disheartened" by the results.

Approximately 120,000 eighth-graders from across the country participated in the assessment.

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