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The House Science Committee is expected to vote Thursday on a major bill that addresses science and math education, and on Wednesday the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) will release results from the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science assessment. In addition, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings recently named panelists for the new National Mathematics Advisory Panel. Read details in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_05_22_legupdate.htm).
In this Education News Roundup, the Associated Press reports that no states will meet the NCLB highly qualified teacher goal this year; CNN covers last week’s Summit on Girls in Math and Science, hosted by Secretary Spellings; and MSNBC tackles textbook adoption. Read more in this edition of the Education News Roundup (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_05_22_roundup.htm).
We are pleased to announce a member benefit expansion—an increase in the number of issues of Science & Children (grades Pre-K–6) and Science Scope (grades 6–9). Each journal will publish an additional issue, increasing the number of issues members receive from eight to nine per school year. There will be a November and a December issue in place of the traditionally combined November/December issue. It’s another way NSTA continues to bring you more value for your membership investment and more information to help you on your career path! For more information and to join, visit http://www.nsta.org/membership.
Seminars on Science, the American Museum of Natural History’s (AMNH) program of online professional development courses for K-12 science educators, has extended its $50 discount and registration deadlines for a limited time for both 2006 summer sessions: June 12–July 23 and July 3–August 13. Courses include the highly popular Space, Time, and Motion, as well as three very seasonally appropriate topics—The Ocean System; Sharks and Rays; and The Diversity of Fishes. Also available are Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; Earth: Inside and Out; In the Field With Spiders; and The Link Between Dinosaurs and Birds. Space, Time, and Motion (visit http://learn.amnh.org/space for free sample resources and information) offers an in-depth look at Einstein’s theories, posits time as “the fourth dimension” and explores the possibilities of a unified theory. Courses are taught and led by Museum scientists and educators and feature rich web-based discussions. Graduate credit is available (and may meet teacher’s professional development requirements). For complete course details and registration, visit http://learn.amnh.org.
Later this week we will learn the results of the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in science. Considered the “Nation’s Report Card,” this most recent assessment will provide national and state-by-state data detailing fourth, eighth, and twelfth grade achievement. NSTA wants to know what you think are the top barriers that hinder efforts to improve student achievement in science. Please take this short survey—only three quick questions—and we’ll share the results with you next week. Go to http://science.nsta.org/survey_barriers_to_student_achievement to take the survey.
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