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This document presents highlights from the 1996 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Science Assessment for grades 4, 8, and 12. This is the premier issue of a series aimed at bringing these test results to a broader audience. Results are presented through easy-to-understand graphs and examples of test questions with student answers. Student performance is measured against the standards set by the NAEP governing board. The Proficient level is central, defining solid performance that demonstrates competency over challenging subject matter. The Basic level means partial mastery of fundamental knowledge and skills. The Advanced level signifies superior performance. Achievement levels are defined in detail for each age group. The 1996 NAEP Science Assessment contains: (1) multiple-choice questions that assess student knowledge of important facts and concepts and probe their analytical reasoning; (2) short and long written response questions that measure student ability to explain, integrate, apply, analyze, evaluate, and communicate scientific information; and (3) hands-on activities that probe student ability to make observations, perform investigations, and evaluate and apply results of investigations. Test data are combined and reported on both national and state levels. (PVD)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 10, Grade 4, Grade 8, Hands on Science, National Competency Tests, Science Education, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation

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Autor: National Assessment Governing Board, Washington, DC.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=11750&id=ED414200

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