Teachers in California don't have time to teach science anymore, reports the Los Angeles Times' Teresa Watanabe. A recent survey of teachers in the state found that teachers are cutting time for science because they are pressured to focus on math and reading so their students can pass state and federal tests. And if they do find themselves with the time to teach science, Watanabe adds, teachers often have to buy their own supplies. "California, known as a global symbol of scientific and technological excellence, is failing to invest enough time, money and training to teach science well, according to interviews [with teachers]," Watanabe says. Students' lack of scientific education is showing in their low test scores — California currently ranks at the bottom of the list for fourth-grade science test scores as compiled by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Watanabe adds.
The state launched several initiatives in the wake of the reports, and officials plan to rewrite educational standards to push STEM learning in the classroom.