One of the common assessment consortia issues a request for proposals that details the requirements necessary to write its test items.
The state has been a battleground for teaching about evolution, but the new standards are expected to be firmly grounded in the evolutionary theory.
One of the two groups of states designing test for the common standards issues draft "content frameworks" for public comment.
Women today represent about one-quarter of the STEM workforce, a figure unchanged from 2000, the report concludes.
A Minnesota bill complicating implementation of the common standards was vetoed by the governor.
North Carolina recently updated its standards in science, so does not plan to adopt the upcoming national standards, a top state official explains.
The educational publisher faced sharp criticism recently for providing classroom materials on energy issues sponsored by the coal industry.
The Alliance for Excellent Education also says the federal government should provide ongoing financial support for such assessments.
Maryland is offering training for teachers to implement the standards. The Gates Foundation has issued a grant to the National Writing Project.
The program provides intensive teacher preparation for people with STEM expertise, with a heavy emphasis on clinical experiences in the classroom