Montana State University

Feb. 14 forum covers STEM testing for Montana kids

February 5, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- The public is invited to a free Friday Forum on Feb. 14 to learn how Montana kids stack up against their counterparts nationally and internationally on science and mathematics tests.  

The forum begins at noon at the Bozeman Public Library’s large community room. It is sponsored by Wonderlust, a lifelong learning organization affiliated with Montana State University's Extended University.

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 covers the critical topic of STEM education.

Wheeler, who is also a former executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, 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, Montana has 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.

For more information on Wonderlust, visit 

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or