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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)...

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 Science Standards 2005 - This report states that, "Science education in America is under assault, with 'discovery learning' on one flank and the Discovery Institute on the other." The report reviews science standards in the states, awarding an "honors" grade of an "A" or "B" to 19 states, a "C" or "D" to 16 states and a failing grade to 15 states. The report also examines trends in standards since 2000 and the treatment of evolution in state science standards. Individual state profiles start on page 27. (Paul Gross, The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, December 2005)...

The Nation's Report Card: Science 2000 - This report presents results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2000 science assessment at grade 4, 8 and 12, and at the state level for grades 4 and 8 for participating jurisdictions. The top six states in 2000, in grade 4, were Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, North Dakota and Vermont. In grade 8, the top 10 states and other jurisdictions were Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Vermont, and the Department of Defense domestic and overseas schools. Between 1996 and 2000, NAEP found no statistically significant difference between the average science scores of 4th- or 8th-grade students, but found that the average score of students in grade 12 did decline. (Christine Y. O'Sullivan, Mary A. Lauko, Wendy S. Grigg, Jiahe Qian, and Jinming Zhang, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, January 2003)...


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