Posts By: Cindy Workosky

The Obama administration would not let California drop its old science tests. Will Trump?

California is trying out a new science test, one that’s supposed to reflect the more hands-on and interactive approach of the Next Generation Science Standards. But under federal law, the state must continue to administer the old science test until the new one is up and running. State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson asked… 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… Read more »

Alabama’s in the mainstream with a new way to teach science

(This is one of a series of stories about science in Alabama appearing each Wednesday on Science teaching is changing across America, and Alabama is changing how it teaches science, too. But will the changes be enough or too much? Dr. Bruce Alberts, a biochemist who headed the National Academy of Sciences and edited… Read more »

Science’s war of words reaches truce

AUSTIN — Conservatives are claiming victory in a state education board decision to streamline controversial evolution-related biology standards, and as it turns out, liberals seem equally pleased. A left-leaning watchdog group, the Texas Freedom Network, in a statement said the streamlined standards would “… no longer include misleading requirements designed to undermine the teaching of… Read more »

Idaho View: Why take Idaho’s legislators so seriously? We don’t

This appeared in the Lewiston Tribune: Another national publication has taken Idaho’s Legislature seriously. The fools. This time, it’s the Weather Channel, which contends Idaho lawmakers stand alone among their colleagues in deep-sixing the teaching of human-caused climate change in the public schools. Elsewhere, legislatures in six states—Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wyoming—were… Read more »

Our Turn: The importance of teaching evidence-based science

The New Hampshire Science Teachers Association strongly supports the New Hampshire Board of Education’s decision in 2016 to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards as the New Hampshire College and Career Ready Science Standards and urges our policy makers to stay the course. NHSTA teachers worked for years learning about, reviewing, suggesting changes and advancing… Read more »

NGSS Issues Lessons Learned

Start with a small cohort of teachers; provide professional learning opportunities to all teachers; include school leaders in the training. Those are some of the more obvious best practices tied to professional development for teachers learning how to teach to the Next Generation Science Standards, shared in a new guide published by NGSS. But what… Read more »

New Science Standards Raise Hopes for Narrowing Achievement Gap

Kindergarten teacher Micaela Morse shows her students parts of a goldfish as part of the new science standards. Morse teaches at International Community School in Oakland. As California rolls out new K-12 science standards, some educators believe the new curriculum will spark a love of science and boost test scores among African Americans and Latinos,… Read more »

Idaho Ed Leaders Hear Comments on Science Standards

Six proposed education rules are up for debate, but one is causing the biggest stir: what student will learn about science. On April 11 in Twin Falls, the Idaho Department of Education held the first in a series of six public meetings across the Gem State to gather feedback from educators, parents and community members. Proposed… Read more »

NH State Board and Ed Commissioner Clash on Science Standards

When New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut was appointed to his post in January, the Republican politician assured critics that whatever his personal beliefs, he would consider himself “the implementation guy” for an agenda largely dictated by others. At a recent State Board of Education meeting, the new commissioner was sharply reminded of his circumscribed… Read more »