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Aligned to the Research: Science and Mathematics Graduation Requirements PDF - Recent years have seen much attention on mathematics and science education, and one of the most visible actions many states have taken is raising high school graduation requirements for the two subjects. This ECS StateNote examines recent research on what specific courses research finds predict a higher likelihood of success beyond high school, and provides a summary of each states' current graduation requirements in mathematics and science. (Kyle Zinth and Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, June 2007)...

Mathematics and Science Education in the States MS Word PDF - This ECS StateNote identifies components of state policies most likely to positively impact teachers and students of mathematics and science at the high school level. The report notes exemplary state policies aimed at recruiting new science and mathematics teachers and strengthening the skills of existing teachers. The authors also indicate a number of state policies aimed at student success – such as efforts to increase the number of students who take AP and IB science and mathematics courses; raise the minimum number of credits high school students need to complete in mathematics and science; reduce the need for remediation at the postsecondary level; and create programs aimed at improving achievement by low-income and minority students. (Kyle Zinth and Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, Updated July 2006)...

High School Graduation Requirements: Mathematics - This database provides 50-state information on high school graduation requirements in mathematics. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, January 2006)...

Mathematics Graduation Requirements: Classes of 2006 Through 2011 MS Word PDF - Many states are increasing the minimum number of mathematics units a student must complete to earn a high school diploma. This document provides an overview of the trend through the class of 2011. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, Updated August 2006)...

U.S. Math Performance in Global Perspective: How Well Does Each State Do at Producing High-Achieving Students - Maintaining our innovative edge in the world depends on developing a highly qualified cadre of scientists and engineers. To realize that objective requires a system of schooling that produces students with advanced math and science skills. To gauge, U.S. students in the class of 2009 in each of the states and in 10 urban districts were compared to the percentages of high achievers in 56 other countries. Unfortunately, the U.S. students fell well below that of most countries with which the U.S. generally compares itself. (Harvard's Program on Education Policy and Governance, Winter 2010)...

Indiana’s Mathematics and Science Performance: Do We Measure Up? - This report describes how Indiana performs as a whole in the areas of mathematics and science, examines Indiana’s academic progress in these subject areas compared to neighboring Midwestern states and nationally and explores how Indiana compares on an international level. (Rosanne Chien, Terry Spradlin and Jonathan Plucker, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Fall 2007)...

The State of State Math Standards 2005 - This report examines state-level math standards in the 50 states, evaluating them by their clarity, content, reason and the absence of negative features. The report gives a national average of a "D" for the standards, but does identify three states – California, Indiana and Massachusetts – that have standards worthy of an "A" rating. (David Klein, The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, January 2005)...


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