need in today's society. Sections three and four outline how the Standards can help improve the quality of the science being taught and how it is assessed. The last section suggests what you can do to become a partner in improving science teaching and learning in your school.

As you read this booklet, consider what you can do to boost the quality of science education in your community. You might be able to raise this matter with your local parent-teacher association, talk to your child's science teacher, or become involved in establishing school policy at the district level. Your commitment—and help—are key. Your input can help make the difference between a mediocre science program and a world-class science education.

In a rapidly changing, increasingly technological world, all students need to understand science and technology. Teachers and administrators increasingly need parents and other members of the community to become partners in making sure our children know what they need to know.



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