Make Science Count—Include Science in No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress

 CONTACT YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TODAY!

In addition to the NSTA, the American Chemical Society, the STEM Education Coalition, the Business Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Manufacturers have been actively encouraging Congress to make science a required component of the adequate yearly progress measure under Title I of the No Child Left behind Act.

What you can do: Contact your U.S. Representative today and urge him/her to support including Science as a required component of AYP.

By fax or email: Go to www.house.gov . Go to your Representative’s website and you will find a link for constituents to send email. (sample message below)

By phone : Call your Representative’s office by dialing 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative. When connected to the office, ask for the education aide (sample message below).

PLEASE take a moment to support this provision. Forward this message to other groups and ask them to also support including science in AYP. Constituent support will be crucial to the outcome of this issue.

Questions or for more information, contact Jodi Peterson, NSTA Assistant Executive Director for Legislative Affairs, at jpeterson@nsta.org. Phone 703-312-9214.

Here is a sample message you can use in your letter or phone conversation (feel free to personalize this message).

Dear Representative xxxxxxx:

As a constituent, and a science teacher with NAME OF SCHOOL, I join with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the Business Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NAM, and other science, business and technology groups, and strongly urge you to support language that would make science a required component of the adequate yearly progress (AYP) measure in No Child Left Behind.

While science is tested under current NCLB law, only reading and mathematics assessments are counted in Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

As a result science is not getting the attention that it needs to have in a world where the jobs of the future will depend on science, mathematics, and technology training. Frequently, science is neglected altogether at the elementary level.

Science is a core subject that all students should be learning. Including science in AYP would allow schools to concentrate on much-needed science education.

I strongly urge you to support language that would make science a required component of the adequate yearly progress (AYP) measure under Title I of the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind).

Thank you for your consideration of this issue and I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

 

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