Posts By: Cindy Workosky

Next-Generation Science Tests Slowly Take Shape

Around the country, science instruction is changing—students are being asked to make models, analyze data, construct arguments, and design solutions in ways that far exceed schools’ previous goals. That means science testing, of course, needs to change as well. Students “have got to show us how they know, not just what they know,” said James… Read more »

NJ science standards deliver students from textbooks to ‘real-world’ applications

A new wave of teaching science is taking shape at Kittatinny Regional High School and its sending districts, steering students away from learning about facts from a textbook and into learning real-world applications of science, complete with hands-on experiments and big-picture concepts. Adopted by the New Jersey Board of Education in 2014, the Next Generation… Read more »

Achieve Releases NGSS District Implementation Workbook

A new resource by Achieve provides help to district leaders looking to create a comprehensive plan to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The NGSS District Implementation Workbook addresses the issues and challenges associated with implementation and outlines some key questions, timelines, decisions, and considerations for leaders. It also serves as a set of critical questions and follow-up… Read more »

In Elementary School Science, What’s at Stake When We Call an ‘Argument’ an ‘Opinion’?

As more teachers are using both the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, they will increasingly be confronted with a challenge: The standards in literacy and science—and the research literature in the two fields—disagree about when and how students learn to form arguments. In a new article for Educational Researcher, Okhee Lee, a professor… Read more »

Idaho Releases Revamped Science Standards Proposal

A state committee has made another attempt to break a deadlock over addressing climate change in Idaho classrooms. But the last word in this controversy belongs to Idaho lawmakers — who removed references to climate change from state science standards earlier this year. The State Department of Education unveiled five new climate change standards on… Read more »

Teachers’ concerns lead to changes in California’s testing contract

Teacher complaints have been heard by the vendor that designs some of the California’s academic tests. Partially in response to concerns raised by educators, the state Board of Education approved a $1.5 million contract amendment with Educational Testing Service that will help pay for teacher training in science. Nearly $500,000 of the added costs will be spent… Read more »

Proposed new state science standards focus on ‘thinking like a scientist’

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… Read more »

Eugene district students to receive more science instruction, new course materials

High school students’ science quotient could rise because the Eugene School District soon will receive new science curriculum materials following a unanimous school board vote adopting the new coursework Monday. It’s been more than a decade since the district has upgraded its science curricula at all grades, district documents show. Materials included in the adoption… Read more »

Climate change, Big Bang, GMOs among topics in draft science standards for Nebraska public schools

  New draft science standards call upon students to think and act like scientists, gathering data, analyzing it and communicating their results. “We’re testing this out,” said Ellen Kramer, a Millard Public Schools educator who served on the writing team for the Nebraska Department of Education. “We want to be ahead of the curve when… Read more »

Texas must implement factual science standards

The great battle of the teaching of science in Texas schools — one that has been long-fought and has recurred nearly every year often just over the wording of a single section — comes down to a single issue: to teach creationism or to teach evolution. These standards are set to decide the quality of… Read more »