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Document Number: 10413

The Nation's Report Card: Science in Action: Hands-On and Interactive Computer Tasks From the 2009 Science Assessment - Science education is not just about learning facts in a classroom—it’s about doing activities where students put their understanding of science principles into action. Two unique types of activity-based tasks were administered as part of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science assessment. In addition to the paper-and-pencil questions, students completed hands-on and interactive computer tasks. This report shows how these tasks help us understand not only what students know, but how well they are able to reason through complex problems and apply science to real-life situations. (NCES, June 2012) ...

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