A draft of the newest version of the state’s science standards — a document that spells out what every Nebraska student should learn from kindergarten through high school — focuses on inquiry and thinking skills as much as scientific concepts.

“We’re promoting higher-level thinking through the standards,” said Sara Cooper, the Nebraska Department of Education’s science education specialist. “It’s not just learning a set of facts. It’s important to get them to understand, to explore ways to get to it, to think like a scientist.”

The draft is the first update of the science standards since 2010, and draws from other state’s standards and the National Research Council’s “Framework for K-12 Science Education,” which stresses using concepts common to all sciences and scientific and engineering inquiry skills.

Click here to read the full story in the Lincoln Journal Star (May 4, 2017)

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