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Education Secretary Announces New Flexibility Under No Child Left Behind

Last week Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced that states will have additional alternatives and flexibility under the federal education law if they can show they are raising student achievement and closing the achievement gap. Read more in this press release (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_04_11_nclb.htm) from the U. S. Department of Education and the one-page summary (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_04_11_summary.htm) titled “Raising Achievement: A New Path For No Child Left Behind.”

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Education Week Explores Upcoming NCLB Science Assessments

In the March 30 issue of Education Week, writer Sean Cavanagh explores what impact the upcoming science assessments are having on the teaching of science nationwide. While some school administrators are “beginning to place renewed emphasis on science, with the approaching mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act squarely in mind,” most schools “remain consumed with immediate pressures in reading and mathematics, say state and national curriculum and testing officials, while science instruction, especially in the elementary grades, remains on the margins.” Read the entire story titled As Test Date Looms, Educators Renewing Emphasis on Science at http://www.edweek.org (free registration required)

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News Media Update: Evolution

An analysis of recent news coverage finds the issue of the teaching of evolution has made the pages of many prominent news outlets. Catch up on just a few of these articles, including a humorous piece in Scientific American, by going to http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_04_11_evolution.htm.

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Newest Stop Faking It! Title Debuts at Convention; Air, Water, & Weather Joins Best-Selling Bill Robertson Series

Written to help every educator in grades 3-8 who is intimidated by science but tired of relying on avoidance strategies when teaching, Air, Water, & Weather joins the Stop Faking It! series, answering questions on the physics of the title topics so readers can reach understanding. And like the other five books (Electricity & Magnetism, Sound, Light, Energy, and Force & Motion), this one starts with the basics. First you’ll understand properties of air and water and build on concepts that form a foundation for explanations of basic weather patterns. To browse this newest title (and the rest of the series), and to buy, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB169X6.

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Mark Your Calendars for NSTA’s ’05 Fall Conventions in Hartford, Chicago, and Nashville…and Start Your Funding Search Early

We’ll be taking our fabulous area combined convention/conference/exhibition events on the road this fall to a convenient location near you. We starting in Hartford, Connecticut, October 20-22; we’ll go next to Chicago’s Navy Pier, November 10-12; and end the year with the special holiday magic at Nashville’s Opryland Hotel, December 1-3. Our goal is to continue to bring science educators the best-possible learning venues, as we create opportunities to expand your professional horizons that you won’t want to miss! NSTA Express will regularly update you on conferences-within-the-conventions, highly regarded guest speakers and hundreds of can’t-miss sessions as these three agendas take shape, and we’ll let you know the moment that online registration is available, in late April or early May. Meantime, mark your calendars and let the funding process begin! (And if we can’t entice you to come east of the Mississippi River, NSTA’s 2006 national convention will be headed west to Anaheim, CA, April 6-9.) For up-to-date information on this fall’s events, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions.

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