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Many Students Not Ready for College Level
Science and Math Says ACT
ACT Assessment scores for 2004—a national indicator of student readiness
for college—are up for the first time in seven years, the ACT 2004
composite results for science and math are unchanged from last year
and “indicate that many high school graduates still have not mastered
the key academic skills they need to be ready for first year college
science and math courses.”
Only 26 percent
of the 2004 graduates who took the ACT test earned a score of 24
or higher on the science test, and just 4 in 10 earned a score of
22 or higher on the math test. According to ACT, students with higher
scores on the ACT science and math test have a better chance of
earning a “C” or higher in college biology and algebra courses.
Almost 68 percent of test takers earned a score of 18 or higher
on the ACT English test, which indicates students are better prepared
for college level courses in this subject area. Nationally, the
average composite score was 20.9, up from 20.8 last year. To read
more about the ACT 2004 scores, go to http://www.act.org.
President Warns of “Day of Reckoning” for Future Scientists and Engineers
In an interview with BusinessWeek magazine,
Shirley Ann Jackson, president of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS) warns of “a day of reckoning if the
United States doesn’t nurture young scientists and engineers.”
Jackson says that the combination of several factors—losing talented
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students
to other countries, lack of interest in science and math among American
students, and the erosion of support for basic research and technical
innovations—is leading to a real crisis. Go to http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/aug2004/nf20040816_7643.htm
to read the August 16 article titled “A Blunt View of the Cutting
NASA Short Courses Featured
at Three Fall NSTA Conventions
Always popular among the diverse short courses offered at NSTA’s
conventions are those presented by NASA under the auspices of the
NSTA Institute. This fall continues that tradition, with NASA sessions
at all three NSTA fall conventions: Indianapolis,
Nov. 4-6; Seattle, Nov. 18-20; and Richmond, Dec. 2-4. Sessions include Extreme Solar
System-NASA’s Extreme Exploration 2003-2006 and Robotics
Core Content Update. For information about all NASA short courses,
and many others, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions,
click on the convention of interest, and search short courses under
the event format heading.
Enroll by Sept. 10 for NTEN’s Master’s in
Science Education Grad Program
Designed for practicing middle and
high school science teachers, Montana State University-Bozeman’s
Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) degree is an intercollege,
interdisciplinary graduate program, with approximately 80 percent
of classes offered over the Internet. Science content classes from
10 academic departments are available for this 30-credit degree,
to best meet individual professional goals. For information on the
degree program and individual course starting dates go to http://www.montana.edu/msse. Educators
interested in distance science-content courses outside of the MSSE
may take a class to learn more about this convenient learning medium.
National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) courses were developed
with financial support from NSF's NTEN grant project, and the program
is committed to quality interaction and personalized responses (e-mails,
letters, and phone calls) to enrolled—and potential—students. For
fall 2004 class information and registration—by Sept. 10 for mid-September
and later course start-ups—go to http://www.scienceteacher.org/courses.htm.
If you haven’t had a chance to take our NSTA Express poll
on the shortage of science teachers, you still have time. Go to
and tell us if your district is having trouble finding and hiring
enough qualified teachers to teach science in your school this fall.
Thanks for your help and look for the results in a future issue
of NSTA Express.
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