By Eric Wearne
Each year the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announce results for tests that make up the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This week, results of 2009 school year science tests in grades four, eight, and 12 were announced in a report titled “Science in Action
.” This announcement was different because for the first time results include assessments of interactive computer tasks (ICTs).
The results include both hands-on and interactive computer tasks. Students have been doing hands-on activities on NAEP science tests since the 1990s. A video describing the hands-on tasks is here
. In these tasks, students receive a kit with materials and lab equipment, and,…