National Assessment of Educational Progress
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 101: Learning more about the NAEP 2009 Science Results

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 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 and understand.”

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

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