Blog

Helping Teachers Understand and Use New Science Standards

With the adoption of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by nearly 20 states, teachers are being asked to rethink the science content they teach and how they teach it. What can curriculum materials, which are used in nearly every classroom, do to help teachers meet the challenges posed by NGSS? One answer comes from a team of… Read more »

Reforming Science Education in California–A Primer

As schools across the state implement the Next Generation Science Standards, this new EdSource primer provides an easy-to-read guide for parents and other community members to understand the rationale for the standards and their potential to affect science instruction in California schools. California adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS, in 2013, representing the… Read more »

NGSS Bring Change to Science Education

Next Generation Science Standards has a three-dimensional approach to science education: crosscutting concepts, science and engineering practices, and disciplinary core ideas. Locally, Philip Lala, the science-curriculum coordinator for the Iowa City School District, said the district is transitioning to the new standards and has implemented new curriculum at the elementary level over the last three… Read more »

New science standards come to NYS schools, including new approach to climate change education

The organization representing more than 600 public school boards across the state says how science is taught in the classroom will influence how a generation of students think about climate change. Starting this fall, new standards for teaching science go into effect in New York.  They put a much more specific emphasis on the role… Read more »

San Francisco Unified School District takes research-based approach to science

As school begins, Vincent Matthews,  superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, writes in the San Francisco Examiner how teachers used the solar eclipse to teach science and how they are embracing a new teaching approach based on the Next Generation Science Standards. “I gotta tell you: this is way more fun than reading some… Read more »

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 »