science education

This law could help states prioritize science education

An analysis of states reveals how ESSA could offer more flexibility when it comes to science education across all grades.

States have a new opportunity to emphasize science education and achievement–once largely ignored during the NCLB era–under new federal policies.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives states opportunities to create new educational goals and strategies, and states can set clear-cut goals for science achievement and leverage existing policies to meet those goals, according to a new brief from Achieve.

The brief takes a look at science education efforts in the 16 states, plus the District of the Columbia, that submitted plans to the U.S. Department of Education during the first round of submissions in May 2017.

(Next page: Three areas where ESSA can help states prioritize science education)

Laura Ascione

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