Allow me a moment to brag that I got 100% on this group of basic science questions (admittedly, on 4th-, 8th-, and 12th-grade levels) from a national assessment test.
Then allow me to shudder when the answer page noted that:
- 67 percent of students knew wind was not a form of precipitation
- 49 percent of students knew the Moon is always closer to the Earth than it is to the Sun
- 30 percent of students answered correctly a question regarding atmospheric pressure being lower at high altitudes
- 41 percent of students answered correctly that the Earth moves in an elliptical (heck, it just says "not circular") orbit that is closer to the Sun in January than in July
Only 36 percent of students knew that a 10-liter sample of CO2 gas contains the same number of molecules as 10 liters of O2 gas at the same temperature and pressure, but I barely got that myself. Of course, I also barely passed Chemistry in high school....
(link via Ipse Dixit)