Tests Show Students Struggle to Explain Scientific Answers

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

American children do much better identifying the correct answers to simple scientific tasks than using evidence from their experiments to explain those answers.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation's Report Card, asked students in grades four, eight and 12 to perform actual experiments to apply principles they learn in the classroom on a practical level. The results of the 2009 tests were released Tuesday.

"That tells us that our science teaching isn't getting us as far as we need to go," said Chris Dede, professor from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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