Topeka Area Schools Insist Science Still a Priority

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pressure to meet mathematics and reading targets was so high in recent years that some Kansas elementary schools sacrificed science lessons to focus on those subjects, a survey found.

Some schools even handed out science grades on report cards without teaching the content, the survey indicated, but districts in the Topeka area said Wednesday that wasn’t the case locally.

During a discussion of new science standards that will come up for a vote next year, the Kansas State Board of Education heard research on Tuesday indicating that many elementary schools in Kansas and bordering states had reduced class time spent on science as a direct response to federal pressure to boost math and reading scores.

The national No Child Left Behind Act has long drawn criticism from educators who say it pressures schools to spend less time on subjects like science and social studies in favor of math and reading.

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