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Interactive Exams: American Interactive Media, a California company, has agreed to create a compact-disc-based tool for assessing the progress of students participating in the National Science Teachers Association's Scope, Sequence, and Coordination Project, the goal of which is to restructure the way high school science is taught. NSTA officials anticipate that the firm will use CD-ROM to create an unusual multimedia multiplechoice exam that would require students to defend their responses.

Software Translations: A New Hampshire company, Transparent Language, has developed software to help students read a foreign language without stopping periodically to consult a dictionary. Using the software, students read a story in a foreign language on the top half of a computer screen and get an English translation and explanation of every word, phrase, and sentence in the story on the bottom of the screen. Twenty stories are available in French, German, Latin, and Spanish. For more information about the software, contact Transparent Language, 9 Ash St., Box 575, Hollis, NH 03049; (800) 752-1767.

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