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Test time: Minnesota students in grades five, eight and high school will be taking a new standardized test in science this school year. Get your pencils sharp. (Flickr photo by chinesecommie)
Test time: Minnesota students in grades five, eight and high school will be taking a new standardized test in science this school year. Get your pencils sharp. (Flickr photo by chinesecommie)
Welcome back to another school year students. Oh, and by the way, the battery of state tests Minnesota school students take each year is getting a little bigger this year.

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.

Do you think a state test can adequately gauge students’ understanding of science? Are there too many state and national tests given to students in schools these days? Share your viewpoints here with other Science Buzz readers.

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that knowing sciance has nothing to do with everyday life of an American citizen.. I don't like since it starts with my graduting class....

posted on Sat, 09/08/2007 - 4:23pm
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Anonymous says:

Science has nothing to do with everyday life! Maybe that's because you don't know what science is. Here are some every day things that involve understanding science -- well, maybe not things one does everyday, but common activities. Putting jumper cables on a battery properly and safely involves science. Cleaning a toilet and not mixing up clearning supplies that could explode or cause personal injury involves science. Gardening involves science -- for example, one may need to know the acidity of soil to grow certain flowering plants. Understanding the danger of a thunder storm on a golf course involves science. Watching the mystery of the stars and planets at night involves science. Answering the question, "What's the name of that tree, that animal, or that rock?" from a child all involve science.

posted on Sun, 09/09/2007 - 3:02am
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Anonymous says:

that is dumm. If they are going to do it for 3 classes do it for all.

posted on Sat, 09/29/2007 - 5:33pm
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SHINee003 says:

SIGH... I think that the state has their own reasons why they want to test the children on science, but I think one reason why they choice to do so was because America is FALLING behind in science and math, and the world is growing faster in the science and math field. And I would understand that children these days are having problem with math and science and they want to find out what is wrong and help students understand better.

posted on Wed, 10/14/2009 - 4:53pm

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