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Nationwide Standards Eyed Anew

Are national standards and tests in science an idea whose time has come? Education Week reports the debate about this issue is growing among education leaders and scholars since NAEP scores tell us the current strategy of “50 states, 50 standards, 50 tests” has not improved student achievement. Learn more by reading a synopsis of the article at http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_12_19_synopsis.htm. To read the complete article (as first appeared in Education Week, December 7, 2005. Reprinted with permission from Editorial Projects in Education), visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_12_19_completearticle.htm.Tell us what you think about the call to develop a national set of standards, assessments and curricula in science. Take the short NSTA survey poll (http://science.nsta.org/survey_national_standards) and share your opinion on this growing debate.

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Every Vote Counts. Here is One Way You Can Effect Change.

Ballots for the 2006 NSTA Board and Council Election are on the way to NSTA members’ mailboxes, and the online voting site is now open. You may vote either online or with the ballots mailed to you. Deadline for receipt of all ballots is January 30, 2006. Don’t miss your chance to make a difference. Vote today!

Questions? Contact the NSTA Nominations Department at nominations@nsta.org.

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Career Center Spotlight—NSTA Treasurer Post Open

Looking to get more involved in your member organization? Want to make a difference in your profession? NSTA announces the opening of the NSTA Treasurer position. This three-year Board appointed positions requires an average of 10-12 days of service per year. Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2006.

For more information about this and other exciting science education positions, visit http://careers.nsta.org.

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Newest NSTA Press Book Encourages Teachers to Start Young! by Engaging Youngest Pre-K-2 Scientists

At last…easy-to-do science activities for use in everyday teaching of the Pre-K-2 set from NSTA Press. Start Young: Early Childhood Science Activities offers a wealth of simple educational activities designed to use right away with even the littlest scientists. This book is not the usual material for older children that has to be adapted for youngsters. Aimed at helping teachers open up the world of science to their eager young audience, Start Young! is a compilation of articles from NSTA’s award-winning member journal, Science & Children. Browse the book and order at http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB197X.

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Happy Holidays from the NSTA—See You in 2006

NSTA would like to wish all of you a happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year. NSTA Express will return to a regular weekly schedule on Tuesday, January 3. See you in 2006!

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And Don't Forget... 

  • Analyze your questioning techniques and greatly improve them with the December NSTA Press online special book: How to...Ask the Right Questions. Order by month-end for a 30% discount...online only! For more information, visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial.
  • Your Special 2005 Teacher’s Tax Deduction: $250 for Out-of-Pocket Purchases before December 31.

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