U.S. Grade School Achievement in Science

See the percentage of 4th, 8th, and 12th graders who performed at or above basic level in science.

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President Barack Obama's State of the Union address focused attention on the country's international competitiveness, challenging the United States to invest in education--particularly in science and math--and calling the educators "nation builders." He said the country need a new "Sputnik moment," referring to the U.S. reaction to the Soviet Union sending the first man-made satellite into space. The final result of this reactive investment and innovation? The United States put a man on the moon, effectively winning the space race. What's the current state of the U.S. education system? Take a look at the percentage of fourth, eighth, and 12th graders in 2009 who scored basic, proficient, and advanced in science.