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Texas Science Standards Receive a "C" Grade from the Fordham Institute

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Tue, 01/31/2012

TEXAS SCIENCE STANDARDS RECEIVE A "C" GRADE FROM THE FORDHAM INSTITUTE

 

According to the Austin American Statesman, Texas received a failing grade for its science standards in 2005.  This year, standards received a "C," which is average among other states.
Science standards in Texas are reported to contain creationist jargon, and reflect political and religious agendas.

At the Houston Chron, arguments for the score being weak and positive are both presented.  What do you think about the C score?  Is it average or unacceptable?  Let us know by commenting on Facebook or adding your opinion in the comments on www.statweb.org!

Read more about the grading at My San Antonio.

NEW STUDY FOCUSES ON SCIENCE TEACHER SHORTAGE AND RETENTION

 

The Sid W. Richardson Foundation Forum has just released a report this week entitled 51 Math and Science Teachers in Texas: Motivating, Preparing, Supporting, and Retaining Math and Science Teachers in Texas High Schools.

The report is a result of 5 years of interviews and meetings with a select group of math and science high school teachers located in four of the fastest-growing sectors of Texas.  It chronicles the teachers' negative and positive experiences over 5 years of teaching.

This report is available for PDF Download Here.

SUBMIT TEACHING ARTICLES FOR THE FEBRUARY STATELLITE NEWSLETTER!

 

There's still time to submit your best teaching tips, tricks, or lesson plans for the February STATellite.  Just as teachers learn from each other at CAST, we'd like to offer a way for us to learn from each other throughout the new year.

Submit as little as one paragraph, or as much as 2 single-spaced pages to stat@bizaustin.rr.com.  Also submit a photo, either of your lesson in action or of yourself, to include with your article.

The deadline for submissions is February 1st.