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Wonderlust Friday Forum: Gerry Wheeler

Friday, February 14, 2014, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join Wonderlust, a lifelong learning organization affiliated with MSU's Extended University, for a free Friday Forum. 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."

Wheeler will answer the question of how Montana kids stack 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.

Friday Forums are free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring lunch; cookies and coffee are provided. The session is held at the Bozeman Public Library.

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