National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 101: Learning
more about the NAEP 2009 Science Results
This Web Seminar took place on January 25, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. Presenting was Dr. Arnold Goldstein and
Dr. Emmanuel Sikali from the National Center for Education Statistics. Dr.
Francis Eberle, Executive Director of NSTA, shared his remarks about the challenges
the data presents for science educators and policy makers. In this Seminar, the
presenters gave an overview of the NAEP science assessment, shared specific results
from the 2009 instrument and showed participants associated web tools for educators
and policy makers.
This program gave the audience an opportunity to see results from the 2009 NAEP
assessment of science. Dr. Arnold Goldstein led participants through specific data
about student performance at the 4th, 8th and 12th grade levels. Dr. Goldstein answered
a number of questions about the data gathering methods and the instrument itself
as he shared the results with participants. Dr. Emmanuel Sikali showed participants
the NCES website, Nations
Report Card, where interested science education professionals could create
customized reports and access further information about the assessment results.
Dr. Francis Eberle, Executive Director at NSTA shared his perspective on what the
results meant for National Science Teachers Association members and other parties
interested in improving science education.
One hundred and sixty-eight (168) participants were present at the live Web Seminar
in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented
the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia,
Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,
Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont,
Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Seminar participants received one of NSTA’s SciGuides and a certificate of attendance
was deposited into their My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning
Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “Understanding NAEP results and learning how to mine the data is invaluable
to me and my colleagues. We use this data in proposals to fund professional learning
for teachers of science.”
- “I work in curriculum and assessment; didn't see results earlier today; good
to see how this was being explained and what questions teachers had.”
- “It has fired me up to be a better promoter to show the need to the public for
better budgets and training for science teachers.”
- “As a science educator, knowing how students in the US are doing on a nationwide
science test is essential information.”
- “I will use this information, particularly the tools on the website to analyze
test questions and determine what skills / knowledge we expect students to know
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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