California is in the midst of major reforms in the way math is taught based on the Common Core standards. It is also implementing new approaches to teaching science as a result of the state’s adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards. At the same time, the state faces a shortage of teachers in both math and science. How well students do in each of these major areas of the curriculum have long-range implications for California’s future.
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Third-graders, the first class taught according to Common Core standards since kindergarten, show the biggest gains.
Free online brochure explains Next Generation Science Standards for parents.
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Virtual and in-person math conferences feature experts who share resources and strategies to help teachers foster mathematical curiosity in students.
Hidden Genius Project, among others, provides free programming classes to underrepresented groups.
Project Lead the Way, the California Mathematics Council and Storyline Online provide ideas for activities parents and children can do together.