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Report Gauges Teachers’ Views on Reforms, Job Satisfaction, Challenges of Teaching
Coming to Your Computer… Science Class on Internet Use
TIMSS Offers Benchmarketing Opportunity for States and Districts
Is Science Teaching Making Your Hometown Headlines?

Report Gauges Teachers’ Views on Reforms, Job Satisfaction, Challenges of Teaching

On the heels of a U.S. Education Department report that showed only half of American public high school teachers meet the “highly qualified” standard required by the No Child Left Behind Act, which all teachers of core subjects must achieve by the 2005–2006 school year, the nonprofit think tank Public Agenda released a study detailing teachers’ attitudes regarding their jobs and the challenges they face and their perceptions of how reform proposals will affect them. The study showed teachers are fiercely loyal to teaching, supportive of higher standards and reform plans, and open to some forms of merit pay and alternative certification, though their support for these initiatives is not universal. Read an article about the survey at http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_08_04_extra.htm#1, or visit www.publicagenda.org

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Coming to Your Computer… Science Class on Internet Use

“Internet Use in the Classroom” is the theme of the August issue of NSTA’s Science Class, to be delivered to you electronically on Wednesday, August 6.  Of special interest will be an in-depth focus on SciLinks, the rich source of searched, researched, continually updated and recommended Web sites—vetted by teachers for thousands of science topics—created for users of SciLinked textbooks, NSTA members, and NSTA Press books. You won’t want to miss it! But if you’ve missed any of the past year’s issues of Science Class spotlighting “Energy,” “Space Exploration,” “Animal Behavior,” “Climate and Weather,” “Careers in Science,” and many other topics, you’ll find them by visiting http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/archives.htm

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TIMSS Offers Benchmarketing Opportunity for States and Districts

The TIMSS International Study Center at Boston College is offering an opportunity for states and districts to administer the TIMSS 2003 math and science tests to fourth- and eighth-grade students and to benchmark achievement against 50 countries at eighth grade and 27 countries at fourth grade. (TIMSS stands for Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, formerly known as the Third International Mathematics and Science Study.) The tests will be administered to representative samples of students in participating states and districts in April 2004. TIMSS also collects extensive information from students, teachers, and school principals about math and science curricula, instruction, home contexts, and school characteristics. The cost is $300,000 for each state and $175,000 for each district for either grade 8 or grade 4; participation in both grades costs $500,000 for states and $300,000 for districts. For more information, visit http://timss.bc.edu, or contact Steven Chrostowski at 617-552-6256 or chrostow@bc.edu. A decision to participate is requested by September 2003.

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Is Science Teaching Making Your Hometown Headlines?

The NSTA Media Relations office is always on the lookout for news stories about NSTA, outstanding science teachers, neat science programs, or issues affecting science education. We could use your help to get our hands on these clips. The next time you see an article in a newspaper, magazine, or other source, drop it in the mail to us at NSTA Media Relations Office, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201; or send an e-mail to Carla.daniels@nsta.org. Thanks for your help.

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