Posted by: Amy | January 28, 2009

TIMSS Trends in Science Scores

The U.S. is statistically unchanged compared to 1995 scores in science.  The 2007 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) shows other countries improving science scores while the U.S. remains the same.  At many schools, as a result of NCLB, increased time and attention has been given to math and  literacy while science education has taken a back seat.  

In many schools science has been all but eliminated in the elementary classroom.  Nearly 75% of teachers questioned in a National Survey of Science and Math Education, conducted by Horizon Research, said they needed substantial professional development to deepen their own science content knowledge.

Minnesota and Massachusetts scored higher than the international average in science.  Both states have increased their focus on science.  

From NSTA Reports, January 2009

What is your opinion about this report?


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