Education officials in Illinois are among the ranks to develop new science standards for students across the nation. Mary Fergus, with the Illinois State Board of Education, says the idea is to develop a core set of goals that will help students be more competitive in the job market.
The new standards will clearly define what students need to learn from kindergarten through high school graduation. Education officials say they're honored to have a seat at the table to identify ways to strengthen problem areas that keep American students so far behind in math and science. Twenty six states are working together to create the new standards.