Published Online: August 31, 2009
Published in Print: September 2, 2009, as Learning About Evolution

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Learning About Evolution

"Why Science Standards Are Important to a Strong Science Curriculum and How States Measure Up"

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State science standards tend to cover evolution more extensively and better than they did nearly a decade ago, but at the same time, “creationist language” has become more common in them, concludes a review of the standards in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The findings of the review by the Oakland, Calif.-based National Center for Science Education are intended to update a similar evaluation conducted in 2000 and commissioned by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. The latest review was published last month in the journal Evolution: Education and Outreach.

The study gives five states—Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia—failing grades for their coverage of evolution. Nine states and the District of Columbia received an A.

Vol. 29, Issue 02, Page 5

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