A State School Board committee on Friday approved new science standards for Utah public school students in grades K through five and nine through 12, but not before some pushback on the teaching of evolution and climate change.

Except for some slight tweaks, the proposed standards were approved by the Standards and Assessment Committee and will be considered for adoption at an upcoming State School Board meeting.

The effort to update the standards started in late 2017, said Ricky Scott, science education specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. Friday’s committee hearing came after a lengthy process to update and write new standards and a 90-day review period, which included six public hearings.


Dawn Monson, president of the Utah Science Teachers Association, urged the committee’s approval of the new standards.

“Students need the opportunity to experience and question. This is what the SEED standards (Utah Science with Engineering Education standards) are. It’s not about content but it’s about pedagogy. The students need an opportunity to be the scientist,” Monson said.

But others pushed back against the new standards.



Click here to read the full story in the Deseret News (May 24, 2019)

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