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Classroom Context: Hands-On Activities


As part of the 2011 science assessment, teachers of eighth-graders were asked about the amount of time students spent doing hands-on activities or investigations in science. The full text of the question and the percentage of students for each response category are below.

About how often do your science students do each of the following?

Do hands-on activities or investigations in science

A. Never or hardly ever
B. Once or twice a month
C. Once or twice a week
D. Every day or almost every day

Grade 8

In 2011, fifty-six percent of eighth-grade students in the nation had teachers who asked them to do hands-on science activities or investigations once or twice a week. Use the drop down menu to view the percentages in your state. Click chart options below the chart to explore average scores or make comparisons of your choice.

DoDEA = Department of Defense Education Activity (overseas and domestic schools).