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NAEP/NSTA Web Seminars:

National Assessment of Educational Progress
Science in Action: Understanding what students know and can do in the classroom, in the lab, and with virtual simulations

All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar took place on June 20, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Zipporah Miller, Associate Executive Director, Professional Programs & Conferences at NSTA, and Dr. Arnold Goldstein and Dr. Emmanuel Sikali of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). In this seminar, the presenters discussed the results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.


Ms. Miller introduced the program and shared NSTA’s perspective on the results of this nationwide science assessment. Dr. Goldstein gave an overview of NAEP and shared key findings from the results, discussing the gaps in students’ understanding and the implications of race and gender on their scores. Dr. Sikali talked about the wealth of online resources related to NAEP, including tools for exploring the data, viewing assessment questions, and comparing results across states. He gave teachers an in-depth look at the NAEP Questions Tool (NQT) and showed them how to use it to support their own students’ learning.


One-Hundred (100) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. In addition, two participants joined the program from locations outside the United States: Iran and Turkey.


Seminar participants received a certificate of attendance that was deposited into participants' 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:

  • “I am encouraged by results to continue to increase hands on learning and to promote writing and explanation in my classroom.”
  • “The results gave me an idea on what I need to work on in my classroom in order to help my students develop the skills that they need.”
  • Made me want to include more project based learning in my classroom.”
  • “This seminar provided many valuable sources for me to investigate for use in my classroom.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!




For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org


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