The results of the first-ever nationally representative assessment of technology and engineering literacy are in, and they’re generally positive: 43 percent of eighth-grade students are proficient at solving real-world problems. And of these students, female white and female black students outperformed their male peers overall.
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which is commonly known as the Nation’s Report Card, these students demonstrated solid competency in thinking through problems systematically, and using computer-based tools to solve scenario-based questions.
Now on to some bad news: Only 25 percent of lower-income students (those eligible for the National School Lunch Program) scored at or above the proficient level, compared with 59 percent of higher-income students. For English-language learners, only 5 percent were proficient.