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.
E.M. Grimmer Elementary in Fremont, which has a high percentage of low-income and Latino students, was among 19 district schools – or 58 percent – that were ranked at the highest level in math on state standards.
Girls score the same as boys on math and science tests, but women make up only 29 percent of the STEM workforce.
Sean Nank, American College of Education professor, discusses Common Core math, instructional strategies, curriculum and the beauty of patterns.
As prices come down, more schools are using high-tech headsets to supplement science lessons.
Current placement practices may force some students into remedial math courses they don’t need, jeopardizing their progress through college.
New standards, among the most comprehensive in the nation, focus on human impacts.
The state formed committees to support implementation of the Common Core standards, Next Generation Science Standards and History-Social Science standards.
State officials will administer the new test, not the old test in place since the 1990s.
The approach encourages hands-on learning through experiments.
The U.S. Department of Education has rejected California’s request to begin administering online tests this spring based on new science standards.
In some cases, English learners outscored their English-proficient peers on standardized tests.
According to the National Science Board, women remain largely underrepresented in the nation’s STEM workforce.
California argues that the online testing format squares with the federal 'Testing Action Plan' to reduce the time students spend taking standardized tests.
California education officials have appealed the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to reject the state’s request to begin phasing in new science tests this spring.
The consortium, led by Riverside Unified, is the biggest alliance of schools in California that is trying to increase access to computer science education.