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  • Study: U.S. Fourth and Eighth Graders Score Higher in Math and Science

    American fourth and eighth graders are scoring better in math than they did in 1995, according to a new study released Tuesday. The results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), issued by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), also show some improvements over time in science among fourth and eighth graders.

  • Eight States Have Fewer Than 10 Girls Take AP Computer Science Exam

    More girls are taking the annual AP computer science exam, but boys still outnumber girls when it comes to taking the test. In fact, fewer than 10 girls took the May 2016 exam in eight states, and not a single female took the test in Mississippi and Montana.

  • Report: Many High School Graduates Want to Pursue STEM Careers but are Unprepared for STEM College Courses

    While many 2016 high school graduates are interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors and careers, few of those students are well prepared to succeed in first-year college STEM courses. These findings emerge from the latest edition of ACT’s annual STEM report, “The Condition of STEM 2016,” which was released Thursday.

Policy Update

  • Drilldown: Final ESSA Accountability Rules

    Overall, ESSA hands control over how to define a high-quality, well rounded education to the states and local education agencies (LEAs) while retaining much federal oversight for matters of equity — which is where, some observers suggest, the naming of Betsy DeVos as education secretary could cloud the outcome.

  • Report: More Equity Needed in K–12 Education

    A new research project from Scholastic finds that the overwhelming majority of educators (97 percent) agree that “equity in education for all children should be a national priority.” The Teacher & Principal School Report, released Thursday, surveyed more than 4,700 public school pre-K–12 teachers and principals representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Online Tool Measures State, District Progress on Every Student Succeeds Act

    A new online tool aims to make it easier for state and district leaders to set learning goals and measure progress under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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