Nonprofit Will Issue ‘Digital Badges’ for Science Units That Align With Standards

The nonprofit group Achieve, which advocates for better standards and assessments, has launched an interesting new initiative that brings together several trends: curricular alignment, digital badges or credentials, and open educational resources. The initiative is meant to respond to the continuing challenge of ensuring that, in the nearly 20 states that have adopted the Next… Read more »

Teacher Shortage, Lack of Supplies Hinder Rollout of New Science Standards in CA

ost teachers are embracing California’s new science standards, but the rollout has been hampered by teacher shortages, lackluster elementary science education, lack of supplies and other obstacles, according to a new report. The report by the Public Policy Institute of California surveyed 204 school districts across California at the end of the 2016-17 school year about their progress in… Read more »

North Idaho Schools Cut Through Climate Debate by Teaching Kids to Think Like Scientists

Somewhere in the process of digging down through 7 feet of snow near the top of a mountain, measuring the snowpack and jotting down numbers, Cheyenne Kiecker discovered something that, for her, felt impossible: Maybe she does like science after all. In February, Kiecker and her classmates studied the snow at Lookout Pass in North Idaho…. Read more »

Maine Department of Education Seeks Public Input on Science Standards

As part of the scheduled periodic review of the Maine Learning Results, the Maine Department of Education is seeking public comments regarding the current science standards. A public meeting is planned in Houlton Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 4-6 p.m. Other hearings will be held in Augusta and Westbrook. The science standards are based on the National… Read more »

Idaho Schools to Adopt New Science Standards

According to the Associated Press, after three years of resistance at the GOP-dominant Statehouse, Idaho schools are implementing a new slate of robust science standards. The Senate Education Committee on Thursday (Feb. 22, 2018) approved adopting the updated science standards after little debate. “I think it’s important to recognize this content has been well vetted… Read more »

PBS Program Explores Efforts to Downplay Teaching of Climate Change

Teaching climate change in schools is a hot-button issue in a number of states, including Idaho and New Mexico, where lawmakers have tried to weaken or dismantle science standards crafted by educators and scientists. Amid a climate-change skeptical Trump administration, legislators cite a concern about one-sided arguments. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week reports…. Read more »

NGSS Extend to Orinda (CA) Elementary Schools

Next Generation Science Standards, guidelines implemented across the United States as of April 2013, have been adopted in 19 states as of November, and have continued to develop as schools work toward replacing old science curriculum with NGSS. The Wagner Ranch Elementary School garden in Orinda has made considerable changes regarding NGSS in its most… Read more »

Anti-NGSS Bill in Iowa

House File 2317, introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on February 12, 2018, and referred to the House Education Committee, would, if enacted, revert the state’s science standards to “the science standards utilized by school districts in this state during the 2014-2015 school year” — just before the state adopted the Next Generation Science Standards…. Read more »