You’d have to make to page 50 of the 2009 NAEP science assessment to get to the most important chart, writes Lynne Munson of Common Core. Students who take more science classes learn more science. Students who took biology, chemistry and physics scored 22 percent higher than those who took just one science class, Munson calculates.
Only 21 percent of 12th graders scored at the proficient or advanced level in science.
Most of the discussion is about race and ethnicity, Munson complains. Nobody is talking about “what actually improves student achievement . . . increasing student knowledge.”
The longer content, course-taking and curriculum remain on the sidelines, the further our students and our nation will fall behind.
Of course, it could be a chicken and egg thing: The less-competent, less-motivated students are less likely to take chemistry and even less likely to take physics. But I’d love to see more discussion of the things we can change — what to teach and how to teach it — than about demographics.
Hechinger Report’s Go Deep on science includes: