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ERIC Number: EJ777983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct-10
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Federal Rule Yields Hope for Science: Testing Mandate Is Expected to Increase Time for Subject
Cavanagh, Sean
Education Week, v27 n7 p1, 13 Oct 2007
Some proponents of science education say they have faced no greater foe over the past few years than federally mandated tests in reading and mathematics, which have forced teachers to devote increasingly bigger chunks of class time to building students' skills in those two subjects. But if testing has squeezed science out, can testing also bring science back? The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is one of several organizations that are not content with the current status of science in NCLB. A number of scientific, education, and business groups are asking Congress, as it debates reauthorization of the law, to demand that states include science scores in judging whether schools make adequate yearly progress (AYP). The reauthorization bill contains a provision that would require states to test students once a year in science within three grade spans: 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001