Thursday, December 08, 2005

NM Schools Get Science Boost From LANL

Study Flunks State Science Standards
By Kavan Peterson - Nearly half the states flunked an examination of statewide science standards for elementary and high schools.

Stateline.org - infoZine - 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. Adopting new science standards is the first step leading to NCLB science testing required in every state by 2007.

California 97 A
Virginia 96 A
Massachusetts 94 A
SouthCarolina 93 A
Indiana 91 A
NewYork 88 A
NewMexico 86 A



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In New Mexico, which ranks near the bottom on nearly every education ranking, education officials were elated to go from an "F" to an "A" this year. The state's new science standards were designed in partnership with scientists at New Mexico-based Los Alamos National Laboratory, state Education Secretary Veronica Garcia told Stateline.org.

"What we're dealing with in New Mexico are the growing pains of education reform. Our standards recently have become much more rigorous and as we get our teachers better trained to meet the higher standards we believe student achievement will follow," Garcia said.

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Comments:
Setting science standards is a beginning, meeting them is something else again. Perhaps LANL would like to help the schools meet the new standards? Los Alamos could be very helpful if they would support diverting a major part of the GRT (Gross Receipts Tax) which LANL is about to start paying (some $70 million per year) to improving the NNM schools. Money is not the only part, but its a big part, of improving the schools; as indicated by LANL's love for the $8 million per year subsidy to LA schools.
 
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