The state of California has become the first state in the nation to adopt a framework for teaching science that’s based on the Next Generation Science Standards.

The state Board of Education voted Thursday, Nov. 3 to adopt the Science Framework, which includes guidance for teaching science for kids in transitional kindergarten to 12th grade. Transitional kindergarten is a special program for kids who just miss the cutoff to start kindergarten due to birthdays between September 2 and December 2.

The state has been working on developing such a framework since it adopted the Next Generation Science Standards in 2013.

California’s Science Framework includes engineering for the first time along with environmental literacy and an expanded discussion of climate change. It also encourages teachers to serve more as facilitators and allow students to do more hands-on learning through experiments.

Click here to read the full article in Education Week (November 4, 2016)

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