Education News: US Averages Grade of C in 2012 State Science Standards
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After awarding the nation an average C grade in the State of State Science Standards
2012, the Fordham Institute has concluded that science performance across the country is lagging.
As the economy struggles to keep up with the advancing demands of science instruction, states are failing to keep standards of science lessons high, says the study that evaluated standards from every state and the District of Columbia.
The majority of states earned Ds or Fs in the report, while only 5 states and the District of Columbia received an A- or above. Three-quarters of states received a C or lower, with 10 of those states receiving failing grades.
States struggled the most with “vagueness and an overemphasis of ‘inquiry-based learning’ instruction”, while “overwhelmingly failing to clearly convey the crucial connection between math and science.”
Stan Heffner, Ohio superintendent for public instruction, said their “B” grade demonstrated how clear, thorough and academically demanding the state’s science standards are, writes Margo Rutledge Kissell at the Dayton Daily News.
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