EDUCATION: Playing at Scientific Literacy

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Science  22 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5487, pp. 1999
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5487.1999c

Want to know how your child stacks up against the global competition in algebra, or what life science facts an 8th-grader should know? Then check out the Internet Learning Network, a free site that offers quizzes based on questions from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). It's sponsored by the Council on Competitiveness, in response to the poor showing of American high school seniors in general science literacy on the widely cited test (Science, 27 February 1998, p. 1297). The site offers tests jazzed up with Shockwave animations that link to maps showing scores from other countries. Over 200,000 people have visited since March, says project director Marshall Berman, an administrator on loan from Sandia National Lab. “I was amazed that so many kids would log on when no one makes them,” he says.

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