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Idaho Senate Drills Down Into Nitty Gritty Of Science Standards

The third year — and possibly final year — of the Idaho Legislature’s science standards debate could come to closure next week. The Senate Education Committee spent an hour taking public testimony on science standards Wednesday afternoon. As expected, the committee took no action. There is no date set for a vote, but it appears… Read more »

In Fight Over Science Education in Idaho, Lawmakers Move to Minimize Climate

When Idaho lawmakers scrubbed all mentions of human-caused climate change from the state’s education standards last year, they faced a swift backlash from teachers, parents and students who said that censoring science would leave students disadvantaged, jobs unfilled and the state unprepared for the future. On Wednesday, the Idaho House Education Committee approved a revised… Read more »

Lawmakers Delay Action on Proposed Science Standards in Idaho

For a second consecutive day, a large crowd Friday at the Idaho Statehouse offered enthusiastic, unanimous support for a slate of proposed new science standards. And for a second consecutive day, the House Education Committee took no action. At issue is a politically charged controversy over the science standards that will be taught in Idaho’s… Read more »

Idaho House Education Committee To Take Up Science Standards Feb. 1

The Idaho House Education Committee will consider a proposed slate of new science standards during hearings Thursday and Friday at the Statehouse. At issue are standards that will be used in Idaho’s K-12 public schools and charters. Last year, lawmakers approved science standards on a temporary basis after first removing five paragraphs that reference global… Read more »

Pa. Can Do More to Upgrade STEM Education

As a practicing Pennsylvania classroom science teacher for more than 30 years and a National STEM Teacher Ambassador, I appreciate the good work Gov. Tom Wolf has done for education and his advocacy to increase resources for education. His recent Op-Ed “Why it’s essential for Pennsylvania to invest in education” points out how far the… Read more »

Funding, Teacher Training Top Educators’ Wish List for Science Ed

This year may prove to be a pivotal time for science education in California, as schools enter the final stages of introducing the Next Generation Science Standards — the new K-12 science standards — and prepare for the first fully operational standardized tests in early 2019. We asked science educators and leaders what they’d like… Read more »

New Science Standards a Boon for the Littlest Learners

Science education has long been a weak spot at some elementary schools, but educators are hoping California’s new science standards — if implemented well — will entice teachers to expand and improve science lessons for the youngest students. According to a 2016 study by WestEd, SRI International and the Lawrence Hall of Science, more than… Read more »

Wisconsin Adopts K-12 Science Standards

In November, Wisconsin  adopted new K–12 science education standards. Click here to read a Q&A on the standards by Kevin Anderson, Science Education Consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.