Gender, ethnic gaps revealed in science assessment
from THE Journal
The latest National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) science report for grades fourth, eighth and 12th sets a baseline for future national science assessments. With significant changes to the test, the results are not comparable with previous assessments, so no year-over-year trends emerge, either positive or negative. Further, there won't be another test across all three grade levels until 2015, according to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), which sets policy for NAEP. So educators and policymakers will have to wait five or six more years for those results to be made public before any conclusions can be drawn about the effectiveness of policy actions that result from the 2009 report.
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