More schools are beginning to focus on science, technology, engineering and math instruction as a push to focus more on the subjects gains steam -- and private funding -- nationwide. Some are calling for science knowledge to be measured as part of the requirements of No Child Left Behind, and the National Science Teachers Association is developing new national standards that the group hopes is included as part of the common core curriculum. Efforts also are under way to offer teachers more training and professional development in STEM instruction.

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