The bad news: In a sampling of 122,000 8th graders from more than 7,000 schools across the country, fewer than one-third demonstrate proficiency in science. The good news: Massachusetts students fared a bit better than most, with 40% of those tested scoring at the "proficient" level. Results of another science test administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) will be released in June. This test measures students' proficiency in hands-on experiments. "We're very, very interested in tasks that look more like real science," said Sean P. “Jack” Buckley, the commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, which administers NAEP.