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Lost Opportunities: The Status of Science Education in California Middle Schools

A statewide study of middle school science education finds that inadequate preparation of students in elementary schools, large class sizes, reduced funding and lack of access to needed materials are cited as barriers to high quality science instruction in California's middle schools.

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College Bound in Middle School & High School? How Math Course Sequences Matter

College Bound in Middle School & High School? How Math Course Sequences Matter finds that there is no clear path to mathematics learning in California. Based upon an examination of the course-taking patterns and performance in mathematics for 24,000 California students, spanning 7th grade through high school, researchers found that:

  • math performance in 7th grade is predictive of high-school math course-taking;
  • while the majority of students who achieved at least Proficient on their math CSTs are those who took algebra 1 in grade 8, geometry in grade 9, and algebra 2 in grade 10, in general this accelerated pathway does not support students who are not proficient in math in grade 7; and
  • many students repeat algebra, but few repeaters achieve proficiency on their second attempt.

The report also presents findings from in-depth conversations with a subsample of participating districts on the specific findings from within their district and how district leaders might use the information for future planning efforts. College Bound in Middle School & High School? concludes with a set of considerations for policymakers and education leaders at the state and local levels.

 
College Bound in Middle School & High School? How Math Course Sequences Matter
– Release Date: Nov 30, 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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