STEM Coalition Blasts Plan to End Science Testing Mandate

Not a good sign.  Via Curriculum Matters blog at Education Week:

A Republican proposal to end the federal mandate for science testing in public schools is coming under fire from a broad-based coalition that supports improved STEM education. […]

A draft bill released last month by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House education committee, would abolish the current requirement in the No Child Left Behind Act that states test students in science three times before they graduate high school. It would keep, however, the law’s mandate for testing English/language arts and mathematics in grades 3-8 and once in high school. […]

[T]he draft bill would [also] strip out the $150 million Mathematics and Science Partnerships program at the U.S. Department of Education without offering any new, STEM-focused program in its place.

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