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Science educators from 24 countries met last week at Columbia University to join in the development of a uniform approach to analyzing the data being collected for the second international study of science achievement. (See Education Week, July 27, 1983.)

The study is sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. In the U.S., researchers have gathered data from 7,500 children and 500 teachers. Comparable information is being amassed by researchers in other nations. The study will examine the levels of achievement in different countries and the factors that affect students' performance. The U.S. researchers expect to issue preliminary findings in the spring of 1984.

Four recent graduates of Millburn (N.J.) High School who earlier this month lost a court challenge to the Educational Testing Service's invalidation of their college-admissions scores have decided to appeal the decision to a higher New Jersey court.

Meanwhile, the four colleges that had accepted the students for this fall have reviewed their applications, even though Superior Court Judge Richard S. Cohen in his Aug. 4 ruling prohibited the testing service from officially invalidating the students' scores and from notifying the colleges of the action.

The students are Lloyd Berkowitz, Richard Becker, and James Denburg, all of Short Hills, and Stephen Haskin of Springfield.

Emory University in Atlanta has withdrawn its admission of Mr. Becker and the University of Richmond, where freshmen are scheduled to arrive on campus on Aug. 27, still has Mr. Haskin's case "under review," according to Thomas N. Pollard Jr., dean of admissions.

The University of Colorado at Boulder will allow Mr. Berkowitz and Mr. Becker, who was admitted there as well as at Emory, to begin school this fall. Each student has voluntarily submitted additional scores from ets-administered standardized tests taken before the May 1982 examination questioned by ets, said Millard Storey, director of admissions at the university.

These scores are now under review by the university, Mr. Storey said. If they are high enough, the two students will enter under regular status; if they do not meet the university's standards, the students would be placed on academic probation for one semester and would thus have to earn a grade-point-average of 2.0 or better over that period, Mr. Storey said.

Mr. Denberg was to begin his first year at Carnegie-Mellon University last Thursday. He recently took the sat again under an administration arranged by ets and "did very well on it," said Deborah B. Mall, associate director of admissions.

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