Since I had to have the slides for my AAAS talk ready well in advance, I might as well let you look at them more or less as I give the talk. So, courtesy of SlideShare, here’s the presentation I’ll be giving right around the time this is scheduled to post:
the question I was asked to talk about is whether the released questions from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Survey test from 2008 do a reasonable job of covering what we want physics students to know coming in. The answer: yeah, more or less. There are some odd omissions, though, and a few interesting tidbits from the scores that were released as well.