Preparing students for standardized tests is now the central focus of most teachers in American schools. Fighting the stereotype that environmental education materials are little more than a diversion from today's rigorous, standards-based curriculum, environmental education providers are ensuring that their materials conform to and support the educational standards the tests evaluate.
This strategy has become so central to EE programs that the Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP) has made correlating EE materials to state education standards a priority. Recent evaluation of their efforts reveals that the correlations are helping get more EE materials used in classrooms. And new approaches like one being used in California are integrating environmental education into the standards-based curriculum in more fundamental ways than ever before.