Next Generation Science Standards has a three-dimensional approach to science education: crosscutting concepts, science and engineering practices, and disciplinary core ideas.

Locally, Philip Lala, the science-curriculum coordinator for the Iowa City School District, said the district is transitioning to the new standards and has implemented new curriculum at the elementary level over the last three years. Changes will also appear at the secondary level, he said.

“I think the new standards are positive because they take what we have had in the past a step further,” Lala wrote in an email to The Daily Iowan. “Past standards have focused on simple scientific facts and knowledge, while these standards stress what students should be able to do with that knowledge.”

Click here to read the full story in The Daily Iowan (August 30, 2017)

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