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NAEP Results for Mathematics Show Modest Gains

Last week the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics released the results of the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessments, which includes both national and state-by-state mathematics and reading scores for students in grades 4 and 8, conducted in early 2005. NAEP, known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” is a nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas. Since 1969, assessments have been conducted periodically in reading, mathematics, science, writing, history, geography, and other fields.

In reading, average reading scores for students in grade 4 increased, but average reading scores for students in grade 8 fell with 38% of grade 4 students and 29% of grade 8 students reading at Below Basic levels.

To read detailed highlights from the NAEP math assessment, click here http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_10_24_naep.htm. To read all of the results go to http://nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_2005.

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The Science Behind Spooky Halloween Flicks

With Halloween one week away and movies such as Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Nick Park’s Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit now in theaters, the American Institute of Physics (AIP) delves behind the scenes and straight into the “polymeric goo” that make these movies ooze off the screen. To learn the science behind these dark movies, and to learn a new twist to these stop-motion animation movies, check out AIP’s Inside Science News Service.

Visit http://www.aip.org/isns/reports/2005/016.html for these interesting Halloween explorations: Good chemistry is key formula for recent stop-motion movies; Movie makeup unmasked; Famous movies in stop-action animation; Make your own creepy polymer; Bringing Tim Burton’s cast members to life; and more science, makeup recipes, and information.

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Enhance Your Chicago Convention Experience With Short Courses, Exhibitor Workshops and NSTA Symposium

NSTA’s Chicago Convention, November 10-12, is going to be the most exciting event of the fall for science educators. In addition to an impressive list of featured speakers, presentations and workshops, dozens of Exhibitor Workshops, an exciting Job Fair, and field trips to Chicago’s extraordinary science attractions, there’s plenty of professional development opportunities through 13 Short Courses and an NSTA Symposium by Stop Faking It! series author Bill Robertson on Force and Motion.

For teachers of grades 3-12 and administrators who want to get a head start, there’s a special conference on November 9: Science Assessment: Research and Practical Approaches, with 21 breakout sessions, from “The Benefits of Classroom-Level Assessment,” to “Assessing Elementary Science and Literacy Achievement of English Language Learners Within the High-Stakes Testing Policy Context,” to “Writing for Learning: Writing as a Way to Develop and Assess Scientific Thinking.” Presenters will familiarize educators with current National Science Foundation-funded research on the multiple forms, roles, and contexts for student assessment in science. For the convention agenda and full details on what’s in store when you join us in Chicago, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005CHI.

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The NSTA Career Fair Is a Perfect Addition to Your Recruitment Plan

The NSTA Career Fair—November 11 in Chicago—brings together a highly qualified and diverse group of candidates for all your job openings. The Career Fair is a cost-effective way to meet face-to-face with hundreds of science educators actively seeking a new job.

Visit http://careers.nsta.org/career_fair.asp for complete information or call 703-312-9231.

Space is Running Out. Act Now!

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NSTA Treasurer Post Open

NSTA announces the opening of the NSTA Treasurer position. Responsibilities include oversight of the association’s financial and budgetary matters. The Treasurer shall be appointed by the Board of Directors for a three-year term of office, which may be renewed for another three-year term. Appointees will be expected to devote 10-12 days of service a year for this nonstaff position. An honorarium will be provided as well as reimbursement for required meeting attendance (travel and per diem).

For additional information about the position’s responsibilities, visit http://careers.nsta.org/job_detail.asp?jobid=308. Application deadline: January 15, 2006. Interested individuals are invited to submit their resume along with a cover letter that specifies interest in being considered for appointment to: NSTA Executive Director, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3092.

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What Online Professional Development Are You Using?

With the rise in popularity of taking online courses to fit professional development into busy schedules, we would like to know what services NSTA Express readers are using for their online professional development needs. Please help us by completing the survey here: http://science.nsta.org/survey_opd.

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And Don't Forget... 

  • All Roads Lead to Nashville for December 1-3 NSTA Convention—Deadline for Advance Registration Prices is Friday, October 28. Visit http://ww.nsta.org/conventions for complete details.
  • Take advantage of the great 30% off NSTA Press online book special for October only: The Truth About Science: A Curriculum for Developing Young Scientists. Check it out at http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial.

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