Arlington, Va.—December 11, 2012—The National Science Teachers Association, the largest organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning, released the following statement regarding the science results of the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). The statement can be attributed to Dr. Gerry Wheeler, NSTA Interim Executive Director.
“Results from the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) are encouraging. While we have made small strides at the fourth and eighth grade levels, we still have a great deal of work ahead if we want to be number one in the world in science achievement. We can and must do better.
TIMSS helps us to understand what we are doing well and what we need to pursue in the future. Early experiences in science are extremely important so that students develop problem-solving skills that empower them to participate in an increasingly scientific and technological world. Science must be a basic in the daily curriculum of every elementary school student at every grade level. Science teachers, especially elementary teachers, need more professional development. We also need to revise what we are teaching students and give them more hands-on learning experiences, making science learning more exciting, accessible and challenging.”
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership includes approximately 60,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.
Kate Falk, NSTA