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Students Don't Measure Up to Standards

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Science  31 Oct 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5339, pp. 794
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5339.794

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A new test designed to assess U.S. schoolchildren's understanding of science, rather than just their knowledge, has produced disappointing news: Fewer than 30% of those who took the test demonstrated the basic competence expected of students in their grade. But science education leaders say the exam is a step in the right direction, and it may help guide classroom teachers toward more effective science teaching.