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Join Wonderlust and the Library Foundation for the second installment of the monthly series hosted by the Library on Friday, February 14, at 12pm in the Community Room. Gerry Wheeler, MSU Emeritus Professor of Physics, will present Testing Our Kids: An international comparison of USA student performance in Science and Mathematics on a state-by-state basis, which discusses the critical topic of STEM education. He will answer the question of how Montana kids stack up against their counterparts nationally and internationally, based on periodic large-scale, sampling assessments.

According to Wheeler, we've had our state ranked nationally with the National Assessment of Education Progress, often called "the nation's report card." A new study links this assessment with the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study, allowing us to look at individual states with an international yardstick. This talk will look at how we are testing our kids in science and discuss the results. Wheeler is on the science advisory boards of both NAEP and TIMSS and is chair of the content committee for the 12th grade physics test for an upcoming TIMSS assessment.

This discussion is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paula, 582-2426.

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