The analysis suggests engineering and technology may be given undue prominence in the framework for new science standards.
Scholars, wonks and educators debate the best ways to respond to the wide range of students' academic skills.
Up to 50 schools will be named Green Ribbon Schools in 2012. One of the criteria focuses on ensuring students are environmentally literate.
Commentators and scholars air views on the common standards in math, and critique two groups' content frameworks and test specifications.
"Flipping the Classroom" has generated intense interest.
The draft plan from House Republicans would eliminate federal funding for a variety of education programs, including support for STEM education, arts education, and teaching U.S. history.
The U.S. Department of Education will closely evaluate states' plans to adopt college- and career-ready academic standards and tests.
The education chief in Iowa faces an ethics review for a trip to Brazil that was indirectly funded by the Pearson Foundation.
Although most states received a failing grade, Alabama, Florida, and New York earned an 'A' in the new study.
U.S. News & World Report this year for the first time has sought to identify the best public high schools for learning science and math.