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New York Approves New Science Education Guidelines

According to The Wall Street Journal, New York state education officials voted to approve a new set of guidelines Monday for what children should learn in science in preschool through 12th grade, starting next fall. The guidelines emphasize more hand-on projects, engineering and real-world problems. Supporters say they focus less on memorizing collections of facts… Read more »

California Issues Draft NGSS Framework for Revising Science Ed

California has adopted a revised science framework intended to help its public schools transform instruction to mesh with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It claims to be the first state to do so. The framework offers guidance to educators and science content publishers on how to teach the standards in K-12. The revision work… Read more »

Louisiana Seeks Public Input on Science Standards

According to the Louisiana News Star, the Louisiana Department of Education announced the launch of the Louisiana Student Standards Review Portal, which gives parents, educators and other stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on Louisiana’s Student Standards for science. The portal provides the public with the first look at the initial draft of the new standards and… Read more »

School district committee proposes progressive student standards

Blaine County (Idaho) School District teachers and administrators are proposing new science and social/emotional learning standards. During a school board meeting Nov. 8, Dan Vanden Heuvel, a biology and botany teacher at Wood River High School, said Idaho’s state science standards are lagging behind others’. He suggested that the School District join other Idaho districts… Read more »

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 »