Posts By: Cindy Workosky

Teaching to higher standards

Channahon (Illinois) Junior High School seventh-grade science teacher Kirk Lange is making the most of the new science standards, declaring that they give him even more opportunity to immerse his students into science. While many see the new Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS, as too complex or demanding, Lange sees them as a great… Read more »

Day in the Life: Teaching the next generation of scientists

Thomas ‘TJ’ McKenna didn’t ask to be called ‘The Science Guy,’ but it happened anyway. McKenna, a graduate student at the University of Connecticut studying science education, is a staff scientist at the Connecticut Science Center. His resume includes a masters in entomology, running a widely-read science blog, being cited as a co-author in a… Read more »

California Adopts Framework for Teaching Science

The state of California has become the first state in the nation to adopt a framework for teaching science that’s based on the Next Generation Science Standards. The state Board of Education voted Thursday, Nov. 3 to adopt the Science Framework, which includes guidance for teaching science for kids in transitional kindergarten to 12th grade…. Read more »

Pencils Down: Experiments in Education

Quanta Magazine, an online magazine to enhance public understanding of research developments in mathematics and the physical and life sciences, is taking an in-depth look at changes in science and math education. In a four-part series, Pencils Down: Experiments in Education, reporters examine the new developments in education, including the Next Generation Science Standards, and the impact they are… Read more »

Districts begin alignment to new science standards

SHERIDAN — The days of memorizing vocabulary out of a science book will soon be gone. The Sheridan Press (Wyoming) reports that on Sept. 24, the Wyoming State Board of Education adopted new science standards for Wyoming schools. School districts will have until the 2020-2021 school year to adjust their science curriculum. A complete overhaul… Read more »

WV science standardized tests may change again

The West Virginia Board of Education may vote Wednesday or Thursday to again change the grade levels in which public school students take end-of-year science standardized tests. Unlike the federal requirement for states to annually give standardized tests in math and English language arts to grades three through eight and once in high school, federal… Read more »

Overhauling Math and Science Education

Quanta magazine, online publication seeking to enhance public understanding of science explores the efforts to overhaul math and science education with Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). “While the ultimate impact of both the Common Core and NGSS is still uncertain, it’s clear these standards go beyond simply swapping one set of textbooks… Read more »

Rhode Island science scores continue to slide

The Providence Journal reports that no school district and no groups of students made significant improvements in science in 2016, according to the Rhode Island Department of Education. In fact, this year’s results continue a four-year decline in science proficiency. State Education Commissioner Ken Wagner said there is a reason for the poor showing. In… Read more »

New science standards approved by the Wyoming Board of Education

The Wyoming State Board of Education voted unanimously Friday to approve the 2016 Wyoming Science Content and Performance Standards, the first new science standards in 13 years, according to a release from the board. The standards will now be sent to Gov. Matt Mead. If the standards are approved, school districts will develop local curricula… Read more »

Encouraging the Scientists of Tomorrow

In an opinion piece in the Santa Barbara publication, Noozhawk, Santa Barbara Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone explores the states new science education standards.  Having a strong scientific background enables students to make informed decisions about issues that affect their lives, and helps prepare them for a future that, in many ways, is unpredictable. Recognizing the… Read more »