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May 2022Volume 22, No. 2
Advancing Math and Science Instruction


Many students—though not all—still learn math as a set of disconnected procedures they must master in a set sequence, and they learn science as a set of facts, possibly with a few experiments or observations along the way. And they often disengage out of boredom or the belief that they cannot excel in these subjects. The pandemic made matters worse for many. Advancing math and science instruction entails doing something different so it is possible for all students to achieve mastery.


Advancing Math and Science Instruction



The Impact of COVID-19 on Math Achievement

By Elizabeth Peyser, Jennifer Sattem and Matt Dawson

Without urgent attention, the problem of unfinished learning will compound as students advance to later grades.





High-Dosage Tutoring

By Beth Schueler

Strong evidence points to equity and well-being benefits from well-designed programs.





Advancing Science Instruction

By Bobbi Newman

State boards can lean into efforts to boost K-12 science literacy and beef up access to high-quality, inquiry-based education.





The Urgent Need for Tailored Math Instruction

By Joel Rose and Michael Watson

States can shift away from grade-level myopia to help students catch up.






10 Lessons Learned from the Science Classroom

By Ryan Fuhrman

Experience with high-stakes accountability informs teacher's standards setting on the state board.





Mulling Changes to Math Instruction

By Jennifer Langer-Osuna and Jo Boaler

A framework proposed in California seeks to boost achievement by increasing the engagement of all students.





Achieving Equity and Excellence in Mathematics Teaching

By Yasemin Copur-Gencturk

States should revamp how teachers are equipped to deliver effective instruction.






Opinion



NCSBEE Voice: Advancing Elementary STEM

By Randy Spaulding

Our state's passion for industry, diversity, and ecology have made the career and innovation opportunities vast.





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Student Voice: STEM Education for All

By Amy Zhang

State boards should invest effort in improving STEM education for everyone.





The NASBE Interview: Elisha Smith Arrillaga and Dave Kung

By Dave Kung and Elisha Smith Arrillaga

The systems we have are not set up to support problem-based learning.





NCOSEA Voice: The Struggle to Control Academic Content

By Jenna Zerylnick

Academic content decisions are playing out in new ways, and the legal landscape for these decisions is evolving.





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We The Media: Reshaping Family Engagement

By Renée Rybak Lang

Parents need—and want—access to multiple measures of achievement.





From the President’s Pen: Picture Every Student Loving Math and Science

By Paolo DeMaria

There is no math or science gene that only some people have.







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