Measuring how well kids do science

Measuring how well kids do science

New assessments of U.S. students show improvement is warranted

By Janet Raloff, 09:53 AM June 19, 2012

Since 1969, the National Assessment of Educational Progress has issued report cards on how well America’s youth perform on classroom tasks. Previously, they have assessed what kids know or can calculate. Two new components have now been developed to gauge a child’s performance in hands-on and research-oriented interactive computer tasks. On June 19, NAEP released the first scores for these tests. And the overall grades: Well, they show plenty of room for improvement.

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