Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Evolving Standards

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Evolving Standards

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November 2012 promises to be an interesting time for education in America. Early in the month, all eyes will be on the presidential election. While educators might have hoped for a higher priority for educational issues during the campaign, there is little doubt that this election offers a stark choice. Its echoes will be heard in our classrooms for years to come.

For science educators, the upcoming release of the penultimate version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) could have equally dramatic repercussions. As with the previous draft released last spring, the current revision will be available for public study and comment in preparation for the scheduled release of the final NGSS in the spring of 2013. Like the National Science Education Standards (NRC 1996), the final version of the NGSS will play an important role in science education for decades. I encourage you to have a careful look at the upcoming public draft, expected to be released this fall (see "On the web"), and offer your commentary.

NSTA and The Science Teacher (TST) have produced numerous resources to help teachers understand the NGSS and the guiding principles upon which they will be built, as outlined in A Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC 2011). Starting in December 2011, TST joined other NSTA journals in launching a series of articles describing the scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas that play a prominent role in the Framework and NGSS. We continue this series in the current issue (Bell et al. …

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