For a nation seeking a rocket boost in science achievement, a new report card doesn't offer much lift: Only elementary school students' test scores are on the rise.

Students in middle and high school have not shown any improvement in science over the last five years, according to results from a federal test considered the benchmark of academic progress.

President Bush, Congress, high-tech executives, and top researchers have been trying to create a sense of urgency over science. The disappointing scores might boost their case. Fourth-grade students posted small gains...

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