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Classroom Context: Time Spent on Science Instruction


As part of the 2009 science assessment, teachers of fourth- and eighth-graders were asked about the amount of time spent on science instruction. The full text of the question, percentage of students whose teachers responded in each category, and scale scores of students for each response category are below.

About how much time in total do you spend with this class on science instruction in a typical week?

A. Less than 1 hour
B. 1 to 1.9 hours
C. 2 to 2.9 hours
D. 3 to 3.9 hours
E. 4 hours or more

Grade 4
Grade 8

Approximately 80 percent of teachers of fourth-grade students reported that they spent at least two hours a week on science instruction.

Time Spent on Science Instruction:: Grade 4 percentage of students

NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Some apparent differences between estimates may not be statistically significant. See complete data.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2009 Science Assessment.

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