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New report criticizes Wisconsin science education standards


A new report ranks Wisconsin's science education standards the worst in the nation.

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute called the standards "simply worthless."

It says Wisconsin cites outdated national standards as quote "an escape hatch to avoid hard work and careful thought."

The report also points out that performance standards are only presented for 4th, 8th, and 12th grades.

Madison Schools Superintendent Dan Nerad says the state already has plans to review its standards in all areas.

"I think we have to be cautious not to look at the current state because it is very much in flux right now," Nerad says. "Things are going to change. it doesn't makes sense to look backwards as it does to look forward."

Wisconsin wasn't the only state ranked poorly for its science standards.

Most states received a "D" or an "F"

California and Washington D.C. topped the list with perfect scores for content and rigor, and clarity and specificity.

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