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From the ECS State Policy Database: Curriculum--Science - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

High School-Level STEM Initiatives - This database provides information on a variety of state efforts intended to increase student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in grades 9-12. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, June 2008)...

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

Science Graduation Requirements: Classes of 2006 Through 2011 MS Word PDF - Many states are increasing the minimum number of science 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)...

Policies Dealing With Evolution in Select States MS Word PDF - As is the case with many issues, in crafting standards for science education – especially those that deal with evolution – policymakers have had to grapple with competing demands of the citizenry. This ECS StateNote illustrates policies on evolution education in select states and districts. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, December 2005)...

Untapped Potential: The Status of Middle School Science Education in California - This report summarizes new research that examines the status of science education in California’s middle school classrooms. The authors found that the state’s middle school students do not have the opportunities they need to participate in high-quality science learning experiences, because the conditions that would support such learning are rarely in place. However, the authors assert that California’s middle schools are, in many ways, well positioned to offer science instruction. (The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd., April 2012) ...

The State of State Science Standards - This report provides analyses for the K-12 science standards in place in all 50 States and the District of Columbia. The average grade across all states is a C and in twenty-seven jurisdictions, the standards earn a D or below. The authors suggest that states can up their standards by looking to high scoring states and the NAEP but must also consider the other factors that contribute to strong academic achievement. (Fordham Institute, Jan 2012)...

The All-Purpose Science Teacher: An Analysis of Loopholes in State Requirements for High School Science Teachers - NCTQ's analysis of science-teacher licensure policies in every state of the union reveals that most offer loopholes allowing high school teachers to teach specific subjects without adequate preparation. Eleven states get a green light for avoiding such loopholes, but 33 are given red. (National Council on Teacher Quality, September 2010)...

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