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U.S. Students and Science: AAAS Testing Gives New Insight on What They Know and Their Misconceptions
April 7, 2011
AAAS has launched an innovative website to help educators assess more precisely, what students know about key ideas in science and--just as importantly--the incorrect ideas they have. The new website, with an unusually detailed picture of how middle- and high-school students across the United States are currently doing in science, features information on hundreds of misconceptions they have about everything from the size of atoms to whether all organisms have DNA.
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