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Nationally, about 39 percent of high schools don't have physics courses--but the statistics differ greatly by state.
—Education Week Research Center analysis of Civil Rights Data Collection, 2016

2 in 5 High Schools Don't Offer Physics, Analysis Finds

An Education Week analysis of federal data reveals that high school students don’t have universal access to physics classes—despite a national push for STEM studies. (August 23, 2016)

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This Spotlight takes a look at innovative science education programs and the challenges of producing the “next generation” of scientists.

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This webinar focused on emerging STEM-focused public schools geared toward attracting populations underrepresented in the STEM fields.

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In this webinar, two experts discussed what informal science learning is, its challenges, and its impact on student achievement in science.

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Science Learning Outside the Classroom
Education Week reporters examine what informal science education looks like in practice, and what we know about its impact, its potential, and the challenges it faces.

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July 18, 2012 – Education Week
Science tests of hands-on and computer-based tasks reveal students are foundering at executing higher-level skills.
July 18, 2012 – Education Week
Averages on international assessments are at odds with the gender gaps seen between American girls and boys in science and math.
July 18, 2012 – Education Week
A first-ever national assessment of hands-on science shows that students’ understanding of concepts and applications is limited.
June 19, 2012 | Updated: May 11, 2016 – Education Week
A pair of new studies question whether exercises aimed at strengthening working memory can boost brainpower in other ways.
June 13, 2012 – Education Week
Gender Gaps Persist in STEM Subjects
Girls are no longer shut out of math, science, or career education classes like they were before Title IX, but their participation still lags.
June 13, 2012 – Education Week
Discovering the brain's power to change may be neuroscience's biggest—and most promising—contribution to education.
June 6, 2012 – Education Week
Policymakers must look forward in setting science education goals rather than obsess about content mastery and testing.
May 23, 2012 – Education Week
An ambitious effort to refocus K-12 science education across the nation enters a new phase today with the release of the first public draft of voluntary, "next generation" standards in the subject.
May 16, 2012 | Updated: February 9, 2017 – Education Week
Though most students improved and achievement gaps narrowed, fewer than a third of 8th graders reached proficiency in science last year on "the nation's report card."
May 10, 2012 – Education Week

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