A collaborative, state-led process to standardize science education across the nation has resulted in the development of draft K-12 science standards. The standards are based upon the National Research Council’s “Framework for K-12 Science Education.”

The standards are written as student performance expectations, which are grouped by topic. Each standard includes both disciplinary core ideas as well as crosscutting, interdisciplinary concepts. Examples of biological standards include natural selection and adaptation, connections between organisms and their environments, and structure and function of living organisms.

Public comments will be accepted through 1 June 2012. Read the draft standards and submit comments at http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards.


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