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An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Assessing scientific literacy nationally

Gayl O'Connor
Gayl O’Connor manages science and ICT item development at Curriculum Corporation

Science literacy enables citizens to understand and apply scientific concepts in relation to real-world contexts and problems. It allows them to question the assertions of others, establish evidence for themselves, and come to their own decisions in relation to scientific issues. The science literacy of Year 6 students is being evaluated as part of the National Assessment Program, which conducts sample assessments every three years to monitor progress toward the National Goals of Schooling endorsed by MCEETYA in 1999.

Key Learning Areas

Science

Subject Headings

Examinations
Science
Assessment
Educational evaluation