Superintendents in Texas put the brake on decades old education practice and NCLB. view an article here. a pdf of the actual document can be found here.
Further argument in No Dog Left Behind (from the ASCD Smartbrief.)
Minnesota's focus on Science has increased their students test scores. I have not poured over their website, but there is much reference to project 2061 which emphasizes science as a process and working through basic tenets of science deeply (in a nutshell, it is not about content.) I talked about it before on this blog.
Increasing recognition to educators that are making a difference with a different pedagogy than the current norm. One recent example is here.
New Science standards for the State of Washington discussed here which include 4 essential requirements:
• Systems thinking to analyze and understand complex phenomena.The emphasis is on fewer core concepts that are learned in a deeper manner to understand the process. The standards can be found here.
• Inquiry activities to develop understanding of scientific ideas.
• Application of the science they are learning to solve real-world problems.
• Understanding of the domains of science: physical science, life science, and earth and space science.
I am encouraged that this conclusion is finally being reached by more than one agency at the same time. What is needed: continual discourse and collaboration and an emphasis on our own learning in perfecting our profession.