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The Nation's Report Card: A Vision of Large-Scale Science Assessment

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Science  18 Dec 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5960, pp. 1637-1638
DOI: 10.1126/science.1177780

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Results from the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—the “Nation's Report Card,” a leading measure of U.S. student achievement in many subjects at grades 4, 8, and 12—will provide new insight into what students know and can do in science (13). In anticipation of the 2010 release of those science results, we highlight related resources (1, 4, 5), and how a new NAEP science framework attempts not only to reflect the last 20 years of science and science education but also to signal the way forward and push the boundaries of large-scale science assessment.