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In elementary education, ‘doing science’ rather than just memorizing it

PBS NewsHour – John Tulenko

“The battle over Common Core education standards is playing out across the country, but a new set of requirements for teaching science is creeping into curricula without the same fanfare. Some states are voluntarily adopting the practices, which emphasize more consistent science instruction as well as hands-on experimentation…”(more)

Wyoming the Most Affordable State for College, Report Says

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new report released by the Urban Institute in Washington, DC has examined the cost of higher education in all 50 states and the reasons behind the various stages of affordability. The report, “Financing Public Higher Education: Variation Across States,” found Wyoming to be the most affordable state to earn a bachelor’s degree in. Authors Sandy Baum and Martha Johnson determined the state to have the lowest tuition for residents enrolled in a four-year program and the eighth lowest community college tuition in the nation. According to the report, tuition at a four-year school costs students who live in Wyoming an average of $4,646 per academic year. Meanwhile, New Hampshire was found to have the highest tuition in the country, charging $14,712 per academic year. Wyoming has the second-highest level of funding per full-time student, offering more than $15,000 per student each year.”(more)

States Scramble to Explain Low Teacher Prep Grades

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new report on national teacher preparedness has many states scrambling to explain why they received poor marks. The 2014 State Teacher Policy Yearbook, put out by the National Council on Teacher Quality, gave Wyoming a D- for its new teacher preparation. The state ranked 49th in terms of its education of teachers in terms of preparing students for higher education.”(more)

Science Standards Divide a State Built on Coal and Oil

The New York Times – Motoko Rich

“Amid a growing cascade of studies documenting melting ice caps and rising temperatures, schools are increasingly teaching students about climate change and the new guidelines, known as the Next Generation Science Standards, have been adopted so far by 11 states and the District of Columbia. They assert that human activity has affected the climate.”(more)