The Arizona Republic reports a study released Thursday states 44 percent of the state’s students lack basic scientific knowledge.
The results are from exams given last year by the National Assessment of Educational Progress to a sampling of students nationwide.
Arizona eighth-graders improved their scores slightly from when the test was given two years ago. They ranked higher than students in five other states.
State education officials say the results aren’t surprising since the state hasn’t yet started any new science education initiatives.
They say new science standards are being developed. Also, starting next year, Arizona high school students will be required to earn an additional science credit to graduate.