Opening the Doors to Discovery

Connelly, Gail
November 2007
Principal;Nov/Dec2007, Vol. 87 Issue 2, p68
The author comments on science education in the U.S. It is noted that the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has found that standardized test scores in science are improving in elementary grades but decline in high school. It is suggested that principals encourage science teachers to use innovating teaching methods and seek in-service training opportunities for science teachers.


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