Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Editor's Corner

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Editor's Corner

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New Standards

As most readers know, on July 19, 2011, the National Research Council (NRC) released the much-anticipated A Framework for K--12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (NRC 2011), a document that continues the science education reform movement started by the Benchmarks for Science Literacy (AAAS 1993) and the National Science Education Standards (NRC 1996).

The Framework was the first of two steps in developing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a process that began in early 2010 as a partnership of the NRC, AAAS, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and Achieve, Inc., a private, nonproft education reform organization. The second and current step in developing the NGSS is a state-led effort managed by Achieve that involves science experts, science teachers, and other science education partners. Taking into account public comments made in the spring, writers are now preparing the next draft for further public comment this fall.

NSTA has been collaborating in this process and fully supports the development of the NGSS. In summer 2010, NSTA hosted a series of sessions across the country to secure feedback on a draft of the Framework from K--12 science teachers, teacher leaders, science coordinators and supervisors, curriculum developers, teacher educators, and others. At that time NSTA presented a critical look at the draft Framework to the NRC along with recommendations for improving it.

NSTA has now reviewed the draft of the NGSS and in June offered detailed suggestions for improvement (NSTA 2012). …

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