AAAS Project 2061 Science Assessment Website
DescriptionU.S. STUDENTS AND SCIENCE: AAAS TESTING GIVES NEW INSIGHT ON WHAT
THEY KNOW AND THEIR MISCONCEPTIONS
"The American Association for the Advancement of Science has launched
an innovative website with more than 600 multiple-choice test
questions to help educators assess more precisely what students know
about key ideas in science and -- just as importantly -- the
incorrect ideas they have.
The new website, which also offers an unusually detailed picture of
how middle and high school students across the United States are
currently doing in science, features information on what they know
and on hundreds of misconceptions they have about everything from the
size of atoms to whether all organisms have DNA.
Knowing these misconceptions and how pervasive they are -- which is
not typically part of the analysis of test results from state testing
or from leading national and international testing organizations --
can help teachers improve instruction and better design their own
test questions to assess whether students truly understand the
science concepts they are being taught.
The newly developed test questions also counter the widely held view
that multiple choice questions are useful only for testing recall of
memorized definitions and trivial facts, says George DeBoer, deputy
director of Project 2061, the AAAS program that developed the new
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