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December 11, 2012
NCES Statement on PIRLS 2011 and TIMSS 2011 – Today, the National Center for Education Statistics is releasing results on the performance of U.S. students on two international studies: the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Both of these cross-national comparative studies are coordinated by the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College, under the auspices of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), an international organization of national research institutions and governmental research agencies.
December 6, 2012
Vocabulary Results From the 2009 and 2011 NAEP Reading Assessments – Good morning. I am here today to share with you results from our new report, Vocabulary Results From the 2009 and 2011 NAEP Reading Assessments. This report is the first NAEP report to present vocabulary results.
September 14, 2012
NAEP 2011 Writing Assessment – The assessment was administered in early 2011, at grades 8 and 12. Our samples included 24,100 eighth-graders and 28,100 twelfth-graders. The 2011 assessment was conducted at the national level only. Both public and private school students were assessed.
June 19, 2012
NAEP 2009 Science Assessment—Interactive Computer Tasks and Hands-on Tasks – In 2009, students at grades 4, 8, and 12 took the NAEP science assessment. During this exam, they responded to questions not only via paper-and-pencil, but also different science tasks—hands on tasks and interactive computer tasks. Through these tasks, students performed both real and simulated scientific experiments. Today, we will be focusing on this new generation of testing by exploring the types of tasks with which students were presented, how the students performed, and some common themes across the tasks.
May 10, 2012
2011 Science Grade 8 National and State Results – I am here to share with you the results of the NAEP 2011 science assessment that were released today in the Science Report Card. Students were assessed at the 8th grade only, with a sample of 122,000 students. We have national results for public and private school students, along with results for public school students only in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense schools. This was the first time all 50 states and the District of Columbia agreed to participate in the NAEP science assessment.

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