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Final U.S. Teacher-Prep Regs Allow Flexibility on Student-Outcome Measures
The U.S. Department of Education released its long-awaited final rules on teacher preparation. The rules, first proposed in 2014, aim to hold teacher-training programs accountable for the performance of their graduates, and they make it mandatory for states to provide aspiring teachers a way of pre-evaluating programs. Under the rules, states will be required each year to rate all of its traditional, alternative and distance prep programs as either effective, at-risk, or low-performing. They will have to provide additional support to programs rated as low-performing.
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Female Astronomers Just Can't Seem To Catch A Break
The Huffington Post
Gender bias may or may not exist elsewhere in the cosmos, but a jarring new study echoes previous research showing that it remains a problem for female astronomers here on Earth. The study found that female astronomers are less successful than their male counterparts at lining up critically important observing time on major telescopes, in this case those operated by the European Southern Observatory (ESO).
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Meet the New Math, Unlike the Old Math
Quanta Magazine
If we could snap our fingers and change the way math and science are taught in U.S. schools, most of us would. The shortcomings of the current approach are clear. Subjects that are vibrant in the minds of experts become lifeless by the time they're handed down to students. It's not uncommon to hear kids in Algebra 2 ask, "When are we ever going to use this?" and for the teacher to reply, "Math teaches you how to think," which is true - if only it were taught that way. To say that this is now changing is to invite an eye roll. For a number of entrenched reasons, from the way teachers are trained to the difficulty of agreeing on what counts in each discipline, instruction in science and math is remarkably resistant to change. That said, we're riding the next big wave in K-12 science and math education in the United States.
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Honda North America Contest for STEM Students Honda North America has just started a new contest where STEM students can win a visit from Honda Robotics products including ASIMO. They are looking for robotics or engineering students to do a video, photo or essay detailing how they think the world will be affected by robotics by the year 2066.
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U.S. Department of Education Accepting Nominations for Advisory Board

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking qualified candidates for four positions on its National Assessment Governing Board. The Governing Board sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation's Report Card.
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