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Januszyk, Rita; Miller, Emily C.; Lee, Okhee – Science Teacher, 2016
While student demographics continue to change nationwide, science achievement gaps persist, as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NCES 2012). As traditional racial and ethnic minority students have become the numeric majority (NCES 2013), teaching science for all increasingly means addressing diverse student populations.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Science Teachers, Student Diversity
Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 2015
This year's joint report highlights the progress made in education since the special session of the 106th General Assembly (2010), which included passage of the First to the Top and Complete College Tennessee Acts. Both Acts provide a framework for collaboration between all state systems of education, addressing the overarching need to produce a…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Public Education
Loney, Emily – Hunt Institute, 2014
Innovation and ingenuity have long been hallmarks of the U.S.' economy. Our competitive strength is built on the legacy of great innovators--from Alexander Graham Bell and Lewis Latimer to the Wright brothers and Steve Jobs. The U.S. has prized its status as a leader in developing creative thinkers and entrepreneurs, but by many estimates, it is…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Achievement, Science Course Improvement Projects, Context Effect
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Romance, Nancy R.; Vitale, Michael R. – School Science and Mathematics, 2012
Addressed is the current practice in educational reform of reducing time for science instruction in favor of traditional reading/language arts instruction. In contrast, presented is an evidence-based rationale for increasing instructional time for K-5 science instruction as an educational reform initiative. Overviewed are consensus…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Reading Comprehension
American Educator, 2012
A solid science education program begins by clearly establishing what well-educated youngsters need to learn about this multifaceted domain of human knowledge. The first crucial step is setting clear academic standards for the schools--standards that not only articulate the critical science content students need to learn, but that also properly…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, State Standards, Academic Standards, Science Education
Amos, Jason – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2012
"Straight A's: Public Education Policy and Progress" is a biweekly newsletter that focuses on education news and events both in Washington, DC and around the country. The following articles are included in this issue: (1) Education Appropriations: U.S. Department of Education Would Receive Slight Funding Increase Under Senate Committee…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Politics of Education, Public Education, Elections
Petrilli, Michael J.; Finn, Chester E., Jr. – Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2011
President Obama and congressional leaders have vowed to take action this year on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), most recently reauthorized and rebranded as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. While most observers remain skeptical that everyone will actually see a signing ceremony in 2011, it does appear likely that at least…
Descriptors: Credentials, Salaries, Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education
Sneider, Cary – National Center for Engineering and Technology Education, 2011
Today's high school science teachers find themselves in a period of transition. For the past decade there have been calls for replacing a narrow focus on science education--the traditional courses in physics, chemistry, biology, and Earth and space science--with a broader curriculum on STEM (that is, the four allied fields of science, technology,…
Descriptors: National Standards, National Competency Tests, Science Education, Engineering
Epstein, Diana; Miller, Raegen T. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
Prospective teachers can typically obtain a license to teach elementary school without taking a rigorous college-level STEM class such as calculus, statistics, or chemistry, and without demonstrating a solid grasp of mathematics knowledge, scientific knowledge, or the nature of scientific inquiry. This is not a recipe for ensuring students have…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary School Teachers, STEM Education, Teacher Education
Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2010
The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects ("the Standards") are the culmination of an extended, broad-based effort to fulfill the charge issued by the states to create the next generation of K-12 standards in order to help ensure that all students…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Core Curriculum, State Standards, Social Studies
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Judson, Eugene – Science Education, 2010
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires states to measure the adequate yearly progress (AYP) of each public school and local educational agency (LEA) and to hold schools and LEAs accountable for failing to make AYP. Although it is required that science be assessed in at least three grades, the achievement results from science examinations are…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Science Achievement, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs
Black, Paul; Wiliam, Dylan – Phi Delta Kappan, 2010
This September 2010 article is a reprint of the original October 1998 article. Few reform initiatives focus on what goes on in the "black box" of the classroom, on what really happens in the interaction between teachers and students. This article is about the inside of the black box. The authors focus on one aspect of teaching: formative…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Educational Change, Teacher Student Relationship, Academic Achievement
National Assessment Governing Board, 2010
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and its reports are a key measure in informing the nation on how well the goal of scientific literacy for all students is being met. The "Science Framework for the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress" sets forth the design of the NAEP Science Assessment. The 2011 NAEP…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Academic Achievement, Science Tests, National Competency Tests
Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2010
One of the key requirements of the Common Core State Standards for Reading is that all students must be able to comprehend texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school. By the time they complete the core, students must be able to read and comprehend independently and proficiently the kinds of complex texts commonly found…
Descriptors: Reading Ability, Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Glossaries
Wenglinsky, Harold – 2000
This report study explored how improving teachers' classroom practice could improve teacher quality. Data were examined on 7,146 8th graders who took the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics assessment in 1996 and 7,776 8th graders who took the NAEP science assessment in 1996. Three types of teacher quality were measured:…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, Diversity (Student)
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