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National Center for Science Education Grades States' Evolution Standards

Education Week (subscription only) (8/12, Zehr) reported, "State science standards tend to cover evolution more extensively and better than they did nearly a decade ago, but at the same time, 'creationist language' has become more common in them, concludes a review of the standards in all 50 states and the District of Columbia" by the National Center for Science Education. The report gives "nine states and the District of Columbia...an A for their treatment of evolution." Meanwhile, the study gave five states "a failing grade for their coverage of evolution." Anton Mates, a public-information project director for the science education, said, "It's better if [students] get the information [about evolution]." Francis Eberle, the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, said that "his organization is in favor of states adopting common national science standards" that include evolution.

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