Executive Director Reflects on the Impact of Sputnik on
Science Education in the U.S.
on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union amazed the world. The
successful launch of Sputnik I ushered in a new era and forever
changed the way people thought about science, education, and politics.
NSTA Executive Director Gerry Wheeler was interviewed recently by
the New York Times and National Public Radio's All Things Considered. He spoke about the impact of Sputnik on education and also discussed the current state of science education in the
Scores Show Progress in Reading and Mathematics
last week from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP),
known as the Nation's Report Card, show gains in reading scores
for fourth graders and growth in math scores for both fourth and
eighth graders. At grade four in both subjects there was an increase
in the percentage of students performing at or above Basic and at
or above Proficient. White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian and Pacific
Islander fourth-grade students attained higher scores in 2007 than
their peers in 2005. In grade 8 in both subjects, a higher percentage
of students performed at or above Basic, and the percentage of students
performing at or above Proficient increased in mathematics.
officials immediately lauded the results. “Student achievement
is on the rise,” said Secretary Spellings. “No Child
Left Behind is working. It’s doable, reasonable, and necessary.
Any efforts to weaken accountability would fly in the face of rising
In a press statement
President Bush stated, “These scores confirm that No Child
Left Behind is working and producing positive results for students
across the country. Since No Child Left Behind became law in 2002,
the states have been setting standards and holding schools accountable
for ensuring that every child can read and do math at grade level.
We are successfully challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations
and continuing to make significant progress in reforming our schools.”
Adopts Revised Position Statement: Liability of Science Educators
for Laboratory Safety
The NSTA Board
of Directors recently voted to adopt the newly revised position
statement, Liability of Science Educators for Laboratory Safety.
The statement gives important recommendations to science educators
who have a "duty of care to ensure the safety of students,
teachers, and staff," as well as to school leaders, district
administrators, school boards, and others who share in that responsibility.
would like to thank the members
of the position statement panel, who worked over several months
to develop this statement, as well as the NSTA members who provided
feedback during its development.
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