Mastery of Science Standards Long Way Off, NAEP Suggests
As state and education leaders work on finishing a set of voluntary national standards aimed at improving the quality of science education, today's students have failed to demonstrate the deeper understanding of core science concepts those new standards prioritize.
The results from the first National Assessment of Educational Progress of both hands-on and interactive computer-based science tasks, administered in 2009 and recently released, found that students in 4th, 8th, and 12th grades performed poorly when asked to execute higher-level problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in real and simulated laboratory settings.
Additionally, results of the 2011 NAEP in science, released last month, found fewer than a third of 8th graders...
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