2061 Connections
An electronic newsletter for the science education community

March 2012

New Grant to Develop Energy Assessments

Recognizing the need for high quality data on what young people know and don’t know about energy, the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences is awarding Project 2061 a four-year $1.6 million grant to develop a set of tests for monitoring students’ progress from elementary to high school in their understanding of key ideas about energy and its forms, transfer, transformation, and conservation. The tests will be made up of items similar to those released on the AAAS Science Assessment website (http://assessment.aaas.org) and will be available to educators in both print and online formats. Leading the new effort are principal investigator Cari Herrmann Abell, a research associate at Project 2061, and co-principal investigator George DeBoer, deputy director of Project 2061.

For more information, contact Dr. Cari Herrmann Abell, 202 326 6648, cabell@aaas.org

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