Education Expert from Museum of Science and Industry Available to Comment on New Data on Math and Science Achievement

(BUSINESS WIRE) — New data on the math and science achievement of U.S. students compared to those in other countries was released today, and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago can help put these findings into perspective.

The National Center for Education Statistics released the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) http://nces.ed.gov/TIMSS/. The study found average science scores for U.S. fourth- and eighth-graders have held steady since 1995, but the number of countries with higher scores increased. Fourth-graders in four countries scored higher than the U.S. in 2007, compared with three countries in 2003. Eighth-graders in nine countries scored higher than the U.S. in 2007, compared with seven countries in 2003.

Andrea Ingram, Vice President of Education and Guest Services at the Museum of Science and Industry, is available for interviews today. She can speak about the critical need to improve science education and the Museum’s innovative efforts to do so, which include:

  • Science Chicago, an ambitious, year-long initiative spearheaded by the Museum that brings together more than 140 of the area’s leading academic, scientific, corporate and non-profit institutions to host thousands of programs designed to encourage interest in science. Learn more at www.sciencechicago.com.
  • The Museum’s new Center for the Advancement of Science Education, which is inspiring the next generation of scientists with programs that empower teachers, engage the community and excite students. Learn more at www.msichicago.org/CASE.
  • The Museum’s “The State of Science in America” national survey, conducted by Harris Interactive and released earlier this year, which found eight in 10 U.S. adults agree science is not getting the level of attention it deserves in our nation’s schools. See more findings at www.stateofscience.org.

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