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Classroom Context: Use of Computers for Science


As part of the 2009 science assessment, fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-graders were asked how often they used computers for science. 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.

In this school year, how often have you used computers for science?

A. Never or hardly ever
B. Once every few weeks
C. About once a week
D. Two or three times a week
E. Every day or almost every day

Grade 4
Grade 8
Grade 12

Approximately forty-two percent of eighth-grade students reported never or hardly ever using computers for science.

Use of Computer: Grade 8 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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