Jefferson Lab's Education web site hits new high-usage record during 2003 SOL season

Jefferson Lab's Science Education web site is hitting new highs in usage - on a daily basis.

Just yesterday — in a 24-hour-period — nearly 212,000 pages were viewed, according to Steve Gagnon, JLab Science Education technician.

"It has been exciting to see the level of use our web site has gotten recently," Gagnon said. "Most of the pages accessed were from our Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Science, Math and Technology Practice Tests and our 'Who Wants to Win $1,000,000 Math and Science Quiz.'"

The web site includes SOL tests from the last three years, including 3rd grade math and science questions, 5th grade math, science and technology questions, and 8th grade algebra I & II, geometry, earth science and chemistry questions. "The SOL practice tests are a great resource for students, teachers, parents — or anyone interested in the information," Gagnon added. "The web site is set up so a person can request 10, 15, or 20 multiple-choice questions from a single category."

The interactive design of the site lets users select and submit their answer. They are told if their response is right or wrong. If correct, the answer page repeats the question/problem and the correct answer. If a question is answered incorrectly, the answer page provides the question with the correct answer.

"We expect use of the SOL pages to climb in the spring as the annual testing period starts, but we've been amazed by the amount of use the practice test pages are receiving," Gagnon stated. "The other hot spot on the JLab Science Education Web site is the 'Who Wants to Win $1,000,000 Math and Science Quiz', which is also a fun way to review math and science information — even though contestants aren't playing for real money."

To check out the Jefferson Lab Education web page, visit http://education.jlab.org/. To access the SOL practice tests or to play the $1,000,000 math and science quiz, click on the Games & Puzzles icon.