Posts By: Cindy Workosky

How New Science Standards Avoided the Backlash of Common Core

The Wall Street Journal reports on how developers of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) learned from the pushback on Common Core. They report that the Obama administration was asked to not be engaged in promoting the standards and that states were encouraged to take the lead and get local support. To date, 18 states… Read more »

New state science test raises the bar but proficiency drops

The Chicago Tribune reports that more than a year after students took a new state science exam but never got their scores, the state is providing at least a glimpse of how well kids did. Only about 39 percent of high school students passed the new science exam in 2016, meaning those kids were considered… Read more »

Idaho Science Standards Move Forward

The Idaho State Board also approved a new slate of academic science standards, which the State Board will forward to the 2018 Legislature for consideration. During the 2017 legislative session, lawmakers approved a temporary slate of science standards after first removing five references to climate change and human impact on the environment. A committee of… Read more »

Shifting the way we teach science education to help the next generation of scientists and engineers

More than 50 Maine science educators participated in a three-dimensional Science and Engineering workshop held by Thomas College’s Center for Innovation in Education, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, and the Next Generation Science Exemplar System (NGSX) last month. The program was designed to introduce teachers to the shifts in science teaching and learning, called for… Read more »

Teachers learn new style of sharing science with students

Greg Brown had been teaching science in the Bay Area for years when the idea came to him for a new style of teaching the subject. Why not take classic science activities and add a twist — starting with exploration? “Rather than telling it, let kids find out for themselves,” said Brown, whose colleagues describe… Read more »

The Next Generation Science Standards’ next big challenge: Finding curricula

As states wrestle with putting the Next Generation Science Standards into action, one question I’m hearing more and more: What to do about curriculum? It’s also a question that’s been on the mind of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which provided major support to the groups that developed the framework and standards that evolved into… Read more »

Michigan teachers helping transform middle school science ed

Five area science teachers are among a select group of educators crafting the future of middle school science education through the Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform project. More than two dozen teachers from around the state are attending curriculum development workshops this summer in Midland, Clinton Township, Grand Rapids, Mount Pleasant and Houghton. With… Read more »

New science standards stoke exploration, discovery

As the Del Mar Union School District board learned about the new Next Generation Science Standards on June 28, district science specialists challenged them with a science experiment. Board members and district staff, including Superintendent Holly McClurg, donned safety goggles and got to work in pairs. Through the lesson, they learned what the Next Generation… Read more »

Science is for kids

Proponents says Next Generation Science Standards will better prepare today’s workforce Children at River Oaks Elementary School in Galt are more than just students. They’re scientists in the classroom and they do what scientists do — observe, ask questions, identify problems, gather data, analyze it and apply this knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics… Read more »