New testing requirements that will take effect this fall under the federal No Child Left Behind Act are forcing schools to ramp up their science instruction—and curriculum companies are responding in turn with solutions designed to meet schools’ needs.

For the first time under the federal law, schools will be required to test students in science once a year in elementary, middle, and high schools beginning in the 2008-09 school year. Schools can use science test scores as an "other academic indicator" to determine whether they meet AYP.

The change has prompted several educational technology companies...

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