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I. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
What are the Long-Term Academic Goals in States' ESSA Plans - Education Week (4/10/2016) -Under the Every Student Succeeds Act—which replaced the previous version of the nation's main K-12 law—states have a lot of leeway in deciding what their long-term academic goals will be. That means that, unlike with the No Child Left Behind Act, there's no requirement that all states ensure that 100 percent of students are proficient on state English/language arts and math exams by a certain school year. In the ESSA plans submitted to the U.S. Department of Education that we've seen so far, states have laid out a variety of long-term as well as interim goals, and a vastly different set of timelines with key dates ranging from next year all the way to 2039.
II. Science Education/Common Core Standards/Next Gen Science Standards/STEM
Ivanka Trump, Eduction Secretary DeVos promote STEM careers - The Washington Post (3/28/17) - Ivanka Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday exhorted young girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, saying those fields will provide the jobs and innovation for the future. Their tour of the National Air and Space Museum with a group of middle school students came as the Trump administration proposed further cuts to education and science, drawing harsh criticism from teachers’ unions and others. Ivanka Trump, a successful entrepreneur who considers herself as a women’s rights activist, lamented that women make up 48 percent of America’s work force but only 24 percent of STEM professionals. “This statistic is showing that we are sadly moving in the wrong direction. Women are increasingly underrepresented in important fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” Trump said. “But I dare you to beat these statistics and advance the role of women in STEM fields.”
III. Other Interesting & Relevant Articles
Next Generation Science Standard Group Publishes Guide for Districs - Education Week (4/6/2017) - To successfully implement the Next Generation Science Standards, districts should establish a science leadership team, ensure that teachers and school leaders get high-quality professional learning, and collaborate with other districts, according to new guidelines from Achieve. The group, which led the development of the standards, recently released a document outlining 13 "implementation indicators" districts can aim for as they bring the new standards to classrooms. The guide is based on feedback from educators in 10 California districts that served as early implementers. As of now, nearly 20 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, and many individual districts are using them as well. Implementation has been slow in some places—many educators say they're struggling with a lack of resources aligned to the standards. The new guide acknowledges this and some of the other challenges educators are facing, and offers concrete actions districts can take to make implementation go more smoothly.