Monday, July 9, 2012

STEM Legislation - Stay Informed

Staying connected is critical - know what is going on in your sate and Edweek has made it easy. 

Common Core Legislation: How Did Your State Do?
·         This website tracks the various pieces of legislation that were introduced in statehouses across the country this year
·         45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted both sets of standards, and Minnesota has adopted only the language arts standards
·         So far, the tally this year is 100 bills related to the common core, introduced in 36 states.
o   Out of those 100, 39 have been enacted into law.
o   Of those successful bills, 11 bills deal with the new assessments tied to the common core, while another 10 bills address instructional materials for the new standards.
o   The biggest concerns for legislators in terms of the standards at this time are assessments and professional development.