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Dedicated website for science teachers.

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I am pleased to announce the development of a new website that will assist science teachers assess student achievement.

The website, developed at a cost of $1 million, will be available in classrooms in early 2004. This initiative is part of the Howard Government’s $2.5million National School Science Project, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of science education and improving the resources of science teachers.

The website is the result of a collaboration between the Australian Council for Educational Research, the Curriculum Corporation, the Australian Science Teachers Association, the Australian Academy of Science and Edith Cowan University.

Teachers will welcome this valuable addition to efforts to improve the scientific literacy of their students in the classroom.

The website will provide access to a virtual ‘bank’ of assessment items available for teachers of primary school students through to Year 10. The item ‘bank’ will also assist teachers to incorporate assessment items into class projects.

Regular assessment of student progress helps teachers to identify and focus on areas that need to be improved. A quality science education promotes the development of strong scientific skills and an interest in science.

This need was identified in a report into science education released by the Federal Government last year entitled, The Status and Quality of Teaching and Learning of Science in Australian Schools.

The website will go live in early 2004 after extensive testing and trialing with teachers and schools.

For further information:

Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095

Department of Education, Science and Training: Michele Boyle 0412 677 328


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