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Connecticut schools tackle climate change and evolution

The new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, says carbon dioxide is not a primary cause of climate change — despite a clear scientific consensus that it is. But a recent survey showed that most Americans, and most Connecticut residents, accept climate change as a fact. Seventy percent of Americans over 25,… Read more »

Embracing new ways of teaching science and language with English learners

In an opinion piece in Education Dive, Okhee Lee, a professor of Childhood Education at New York University and a writer of the Next Generation Science Standards, shares the opportunities to support teaching science and language with English learners. She writes that student demographics across the U.S. are changing, and English learners make up a fast-growing… Read more »

New science standards to be phased into Louisiana classrooms

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Louisiana’s new science standards for public schools will be phased into classrooms, taking full effect by the 2018-19 school year. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education gave final approval Wednesday to the rewrite of the state’s 2-decades-old teaching benchmarks with no discussion. The upcoming 2017-18 school year will include… Read more »

Lighting the way for STEM students

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Hispanic students are the largest minority group in the public school system, but many studies — including a 2016 article in US News & World Report — indicates the Latino demographic makes up less than 10 percent of the STEM workforce. Part of this is because only… Read more »

New (IL) test will show students’ understanding of state science standards

The Illinois State Board of Education is in the process of scoring a statewide test that will give educators information they can use to improve students’ understanding of science in the future. More than 400,000 fifth-graders, eighth-graders and high school students took the Illinois Science Assessment for the first time in spring 2016. They were… Read more »

Idaho lawmakers remove climate change from standards for now, but schools already teach it

On Monday, the Idaho Senate Education Committee joined the House Education Committee in deleting standards regarding the human impact on climate change in new science standards they approved. Lawmakers say they want more balance in the standards and looking all side of climate change. Their decision is temporary, rather than setting a permanent course for… Read more »

Panel in South Dakota defeats bill allowing alternative science theories

South Dakota lawmakers defeated a bill that would have allowed teachers to address strengths and weaknesses of scientific theories like evolution and climate change. The House Education Committee voted to send the bill to the 41st day, effectively killing the proposal, on an 11-4 vote. Opponents from the South Dakota Department of Education, various education advocacy… Read more »

New Data: New Science Standards Are Boosting Engineering in Schools

According to Change the Equation, efforts to make engineering part of the K-12 curriculum are beginning to pay off. Why? They indicate that the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are succeeding in their aim to integrate engineering and technology into science classrooms. These standards debuted in April 2013, and eight states adopted them by the end of that year:… Read more »

NGSS Gets OER PD for Making Science Accessible

As teachers develop new, three-dimensional formative assessments aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a new collaborative process is producing open educational resources (OER) to help them reach every student. The “Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education” (ACESSE, pronounced “access”) project is a is a partnership between the Council of State Science… Read more »

Louisiana to Consider New Standards for Teaching Science

According to Education Week, next month, Louisiana’s state board of elementary and secondary education is expected to vote on new science standards. A committee worked for six months to produce new standards for the state, which currently has some of the oldest science standards in the nation. The group voted nearly unanimously to approve the… Read more »