A science gap in schools

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) -- By the time U.S. students get to 5th grade, most kids might already be lagging behind in basic science skills.That’s according to researchers from Child Trends Education.

Researchers looked at data from nearly 8,000 students between kindergarten and 8th grade. They were interested about the students’ general knowledge of the world around them. They found that about 70% of children from low-income families displayed lower levels of general knowledge about the world around them, compared with 10% of higher income children.

"The bad news is these gaps start really early and perhaps much earlier than perhaps we knew," said Penn State Researcher Paul Morgan.

Researchers say most students started behind, scored low in science tests and then stayed behind throughout school. But Morgan says parents can help close the science gap by asking kids questions about everyday things, like, where does rain come from? At a construction site, talk about what the machines do. And at the library, look for non-fiction books on a variety of topics. particularly, a child’s interest like sharks, bulldozers, chemistry and more.

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