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Students Lag in Scientific Explanation, Tests Show

Posted by Philip Young on Thu, Jul 12, 2012 @ 09:07 AM

For many students, science is one of the most challenging subjects.  And according to recent tests, American students can more easily identify scientific results than explain the evidence from their experiments.

The National Assessment of Education Progress recently revealed their findings after evaluating the scientific skills of students in grade four, eight and 12.

During the evaluation, students in each grade level were given 40 minutes to conduct a scientific experiment and explain the results.  Just over one-quarter of high school students could accurately justify their results, while 54% of eighth graders and 15% of fourth graders could do the same.

Regardless of performance, evaluators noticed students were generally more enthused about participating in hands-on scientific experiments over other learning methods.

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Topics: power announcement, powerschool, education

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