A national effort to develop science curriculum standards for grades K-12 is expanding. Twenty-six states have stepped up as lead state partners to develop the Next Generation Science Standards, along with the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve. These standards would define the content and practices all students must learn in grades K-12.

Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon are the latest states to join the initiative. Twenty states had previously committed to the effort. The participating states are responsible for educating more than 50 percent of the nation’s school children.

States will develop the science standards with the help of a recent report by the National Research Council, A Framework for K-12 Science Education. The framework identifies the core ideas and practices in natural sciences and engineering that all students should know by the time they graduate high school. The 26 state partners will guide the standards writing process and, upon completion, consider adopting the standards in their own jurisdiction. The goal is to complete the education standards by the end of 2012.

 


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