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WSU science education director comments in Detroit News article examining students' science MEAP scores

February 12, 2013

An article examines why science is not a strong subject for most of Michigan's pre-high school students. Of the five test areas on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program test, Michigan students performed the worst in science, according to results the state Department of Education released Monday. In K-5 buildings, teachers are certified in all subjects and put a primary focus on reading, writing and math, said Maria M. Ferreira, head of the Science Education Program at Wayne State University's College of Education. It's rare to have a certified science teacher instructing youngsters until middle school or high school, she said. "Science is being taught, but at the elementary school level it is a hit-or-miss," she said. "They may get a little here and there, but not a serious science curriculum."