A prominent national science education reform program received a major blow when the National Science Foundation opted to discontinue its support.

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'DISASTER': Without a funding renewal, Bill Aldridge worries about the fate of students and teachers in his project.
Educators are devising ways of implementing the National Research Council's (NRC's) National science education standards, which were finalized and released a year ago this month. Four years in the making, the standards are a blueprint for what United States students in grades K-12 should know about science (Notebook, The Scientist, Jan. 8, 1996, page 30). The next step, they agree, is to come up with innovative, long-term commitments based on the recommendations and goals suggested by NRC. The need for such commitments is underscored by recently released reports from the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) that...

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