For the first time, all the state’s students in grades five, eight and one year of high school will take a state test to measure their understanding of science. State education officials have been developing the science tests since 2004.
Many educators are excited to get this new data about where Minnesota’s students stand relative to science. Lower-than-expected scores could lead to a push to beef up science curriculums in schools, they say. And higher-than-expected scores could be a rallying point to get even more students excited about science.
But some people in the education community feel that it’s just another in a series of unnecessary tests. They also worry that schools will spend too much time preparing for the tests and allow time to slip on other areas, like art, music and physical education.
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