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Untapped Potential: The Status of Middle School Science Education in California

Abstract

"Untapped Potential: The Status of Middle School Science Education in California finds that the state's middle schools have the potential to provide students with high quality science education, but significant challenges limit opportunities for science learning, leaving that potential unfulfilled. This statewide study of science education shows that middle schools offer dedicated time for science, access to facilities and a teaching force that is fairly well prepared for teaching the subject. But students often lack access to science instruction in earlier grades and arrive at middle school unprepared and uninterested. Systemic support for science has eroded and overcrowded classrooms, insufficient time for instruction and inadequate resources limit access to high quality learning opportunities."

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