According to The Wall Street Journal, New York state education officials voted to approve a new set of guidelines Monday for what children should learn in science in preschool through 12th grade, starting next fall.

The guidelines emphasize more hand-on projects, engineering and real-world problems. Supporters say they focus less on memorizing collections of facts than in the past, and more on a deeper understanding of scientific phenomena and how they are related.

New York’s new standards are based on the National Research Council’s “Framework for K-12 Science Education” and the nonprofit Achieve’s Next Generation Science Standards, which have been adopted by 17 states and the District of Columbia.

In announcing the new guidelines, the State Education Department said they reflected feedback from teachers and public surveys. A committee of the Board of Regents approved the new standards and the full board, which comprises the same voters, are expected to finalize them Tuesday.

Click here to read the full story in The Wall Street Journal (December 12, 2016)

Click here to read a story in the Times Herald-Record (December 12, 2016)

Click here to read a press release from the New York State Board of Regents

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