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Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2015
State implementation of new standards (revising, adapting, and adopting new standards) is a significant undertaking. Such an effort at the state level requires extensive support, planning, and resources. Implementing new state standards also requires the support of multiple education leaders--governors, legislators, state departments of education,…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Science Education, Science Curriculum
Olson, Steve; Labov, Jay – National Academies Press, 2014
Many national initiatives in K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education have emphasized the connections between teachers and improved student learning. Much of the discussion surrounding these initiatives has focused on the preparation, professional development, evaluation, compensation, and career advancement of…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Education, Teacher Leadership, Academic Achievement
Best, Jane; Dunlap, Allison – McREL International, 2014
This policy brief provides an overview of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), discusses policy considerations for adopting or adapting the new standards, and presents examples from states considering or implementing the NGSS. Changing academic standards is a complex process that requires significant investments of time, money, and human…
Descriptors: Science Education, Academic Standards, State Standards, Program Implementation
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
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
Pinheiro, Romulo, Ed.; Benneworth, Paul, Ed.; Jones, Glen A., Ed. – Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2012
Universities are under increasing pressure to help promote socio-economic growth in their local communities. However until now, no systematic, critical attention has been paid to the factors and mechanisms that currently make this process so daunting. In Universities and Regional Development, scholars from Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Role of Education, International Education
Drew, David E. – Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011
One study after another shows American students ranking behind their international counterparts in the STEM fields--science, technology, engineering, and math. Business people such as Bill Gates warn that this alarming situation puts the United States at a serious disadvantage in the high-tech global marketplace of the twenty-first century, and…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Economic Development, Mathematics Education, Educational Change
Thomasian, John – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2011
STEM--science, technology, engineering, and mathematics--is critical to and supportive of many education reforms being undertaken today, from adoption of common internationally benchmarked standards to better teacher preparation to enhanced coordination across the entire K-20 education system. In fact, STEM is not a separate reform movement at…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Engineering Education, STEM Education, Mathematics Education
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
Hora, Matthew Tadashi – Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (NJ1), 2011
Policymakers and educators are increasingly expressing concerns that the U.S. is lagging behind other countries in educating the next generation of mathematicians and scientists. In response, the federal government, private foundations, and many "institutions of higher education" (IHEs) are encouraging STEM (science, technology,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Policy, Mathematics Education, Science Education
National Academies Press, 2012
In many countries, colleges and universities are where the majority of innovative research is done; in all cases, they are where future scientists receive both their initial training and their initial introduction to the norms of scientific conduct regardless of their eventual career paths. Thus, institutions of higher education are particularly…
Descriptors: Science Education, Active Learning, Teaching Methods, Colleges
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
National Academies Press, 2011
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are cultural achievements that reflect our humanity, power our economy, and constitute fundamental aspects of our lives as citizens, consumers, parents, and members of the workforce. Providing all students with access to quality education in the STEM disciplines is important to our nation's…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Elementary Secondary Education
Slotta, James D.; Linn, Marcia C. – Teachers College Press, 2009
This book shares the lessons learned by a large community of educational researchers and science teachers as they designed, developed, and investigated a new technology-enhanced learning environment known as WISE: The Web-Based Inquiry Science Environment. WISE offers a collection of free, customizable curriculum projects on topics central to the…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Internet, Educational Research, Science Education
Stillman, Laura; Blank, Rolf K. – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2009
The Key State Education Policies on PK-12 Education is intended to inform policymakers and educators about the current status of key education policies that define and shape elementary and secondary education in public schools across the 50 states. The report is part of a continuing series by the Council's State Education Indicators program.…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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