National Math + Science Initiative Blog


Teacher Training and Beyond: Getting Ready for the New School Year

Over this summer, NMSI has played host to thousands of dedicated teachers across the nation in our rigorous Teacher Training Program. We have greatly enjoyed helping these incredible educators raise the level of excellence in their classrooms to help prepare their students for the demands of college and beyond, and our trainers have had an absolute blast working with them as well. “[The teachers] may not be sure of where the material they’re teaching fits into the big picture; so this [training] is more about the big picture. What are ...

Texas Teachers and STAAR: New Resources for Student Success

School’s already back for some and there are many things on the minds of parents, teachers, and students, but one thing in particular seems to stand out the most in Texas schools – STAAR. Despite the fact that the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams are still farther down the line, hundreds of Texas teachers came together to learn new strategies that are aligned with the assessment.Their training, hosted by NMSI, is designed to help them raise the level of rigor in their classrooms through engaging, hands-on ...

Hundreds of Texas Teachers Prepare for Back2School Early

This summer is winding down, and as students are relishing their final days of vacation, more than 700 teachers from across dozens of Texas school districts went back to school early to participate in some of our largest Teacher Training events this summer. These teachers met at El Paso High School in El Paso, Rouse High School in Leander, and Dobie High School in Houston to learn, discuss and work together on the best ways to implement new rigorous strategies in their classroom and participate in hands-on activities to ...

Texas STAAR Tests Flat

Compared to last year, Texas student performance was relatively flat on the state's high school testing. Students do well on Algebra I with 82% passing and biology with 88% passing but are still horrible at writing with only 54% passing the exam which is required for graduation.  When students do poorly it seems the automatic response is to lower the standards and Texas is no different - Governor Perry just signed into law House Bill 5 which drops the number of tests required to graduate  from 15 down to 5. ...

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