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First States Approve New Science Standards

girls doing engineering in classroomOn May 24, Rhode Island became the first state to approve the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Kentucky’s state board of education followed on June 5. Both are among the 26 states that helped develop the new academic standards, which include engineering design as a stand-alone strand.

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Tenn. Evals Bury Schools in Paperwork

young classroomWhen Tennessee snagged one of the first two federal Race to The Top grants, worth $501 million, the state unveiled a new motto: “First to the Top.” However, he rules for evaluating teachers that went into effect this year have translated into mountains of paperwork that keep educators like Will Shelton, principal of Blackman Middle School in Murfreesboro, stuck at his desk for long stretches of the day instead of observing in classrooms.

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