3 Reasons to Like the New Science Standards
New K-12 science learning standards are set to be released to the nation this week with great expectations. This is reason for both hope and concern.
The National Research Council published "A Framework for K-12 Science Education," a visionary document designed to guide development of specific standards for use by teachers, districts, states, curriculum developers, and researchers, in July 2011. Subsequently, the bipartisan organization Achieve was commissioned to draft the Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS. Now, after two successive drafts and broad public and expert comment, the group is set to produce a final draft any day now. An impressive 26 states have contributed to this effort. Taken together, the framework and science standards have the potential to generate a wave of improvement, but only if we prevent their promise from crashing on the rocky shores of high-stakes, all-purpose testing.
There are three reasons the framework and standards have the potential...
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