By Tracy Jan, Boston Globe, Oct. 16
More than a quarter of Massachusetts high school students who took the MCAS science exam last spring flunked, with dozens of urban high schools across the state registering a failure rate of 50 percent or higher in the first comprehensive test of students' competency in different scientific subjects.
The results, released yesterday by the Massachusetts Department of Education, raise a warning flag for a state that has staked its future on the life sciences and high-tech industries. Business leaders, higher education officials, and the governor have highlighted the importance of the sciences to preserving economic vitality in Massachusetts. Read more