2006-05-18 / News

Jamestown on target for governor's statewide school science curriculum

Governor Donald L. Carcieri this week applauded the state Senate's unanimous passage of his legislation that will establish a statewide science curriculum for Rhode Island students. The Senate voted 34-0 in favor of the legislation.

The Statewide Science Curriculum Act requires the Board of Regents to develop a science curriculum that could then be utilized by all school districts in the state.

"Establishing a science curriculum for all Rhode Island students is an important piece in my plan to give our students the math and science skills they need to compete in a global economy. All of our high school graduates - whether they are going to college or into the workforce - must be challenged by a rigorous math and science curriculum," the governor said.

Jamestown School Superintendent Katherine Sipala said "there's a big push to improve math and science" for all students, and she saw the governor's science legislation as "the next step" in getting that done.

Sipala said Jamestown students, like all Rhode Islanders in grades 4 and 8, will be given state testing in science for the first time in the spring of 2007, so the school has already been gearing up the science education in preparation for the state tests.

"We're in very good shape," Sipala said, adding that the Jamestown district adopted the GEMS-NET science curriculum several years ago through the University of Rhode Island, which started the process to get the school into a statewide curriculum in science.

The Statewide Science Curriculum Act is part of Governor Carcieri's comprehensive education reform agenda, with a particular focus on improving the quality of math and science education. Establishing a statewide science curriculum was one of the key recommendations made last year by Carcieri's Blue Ribbon Panel on Math & Science Education.

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