On June 19, 2012, NCES Commissioner Jack Buckley will discuss student performance on activity-based tasks administered to students at grade 4, 8, and 12 as part of the 2009 NAEP science assessment. These performance-based tasks allow us to examine students' abilities to combine their science knowledge with real-world investigative skills.
Commissioner Buckley and a panel of experts will discuss the results in a live webcast and answer your questions after their remarks. The webcast is open to the public and no advanced registration is required. To view the webcast, visit http://visualwebcaster.com/ICT_HOTS
If you are in the Washington D.C. area, you can attend the release event in person at the Science + You Exhibit Space at The Foundry Lofts. Find directions to the event and register to attend in person here.
In 2009, students at grades 4, 8, and 12 performed hands-on and interactive computer tasks designed to measure how well they are able to plan and conduct scientific investigations, reason through complex problems, and apply their scientific knowledge in real world contexts.
On June 19, at 10:00 a.m. ET, the results of the study will be reported in The Nation's Report Card: Science in Action, which will contain national findings for students at all three grades. Additionally, three of the Hands-On Tasks, and nine of the Interactive Computer Tasks will be made available to the public.