In California, leaders of 37% of outdoor education programs said they will remain closed due to lack of financing after the coronavirus pandemic.
While some families are doing science projects at home, teachers say a lack of supplies makes it difficult to assign hands-on experiments.
The results are the first set of scores for a new test aligned with California’s new science standards.
For years the need for trained and qualified teachers has been growing in schools across California, especially in math and science.
U.S. math scores have not budged significantly since 2003 on the worldwide assessment.
California’s new science standards emphasize an approach that combines scientific disciplines.
Dozens of districts across the state have adopted policies and resolutions targeting climate change.
Thousands of youth-led protests took place on Friday leading up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit next week.
Some schools may not yet have enough math and science courses to offer a State Seal of STEM.
As California schools move to implement new science standards, there will be an increased demand for teachers in a subject area where there is already a severe shortage.
After-school coding classes, high school tech internships and STEM teacher residencies are among the programs funded in the new state budget.
The district-run math-and-science school opened in 2016 and already has a waiting list of 400.
Too many students think 'STEM is only for the smartest of the smart,' while millions of jobs go unfilled.
California's environmental standards are among the top in the nation, but implementation "is a big lift."
Mobile science labs, Skype lessons with scientists and robotics workshops are among the offerings at some remote schools.