Nearly half the states fail on science standards reports that The State of State Science Standards 2005 appraised the quality of statewide K-12 science standards required to be in place this school year by the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. Fifteen states flunked, seven earned a “D” grade, and eight were given a “C” by a panel of science professors who reviewed state science standards. The study was sponsored by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative think tank that supports toughening school standards.

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