posted by: Carrie
I received an email today from the American Geophysical Union education group which I felt others may be interested in seeing so I’ve copied it below.
“Dear AGU Members,
The first public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is now available at www.nextgenscience.org. Feedback on the standards is sought from individuals who have a stake in science education—including the K-12, higher education, and research communities.
There is no doubt that science—and, therefore, science education—is central to the lives of all Americans. To that end, we must ensure that all students have a solid education in science. The recent NAEP science scores show we have a long way to go to ensure all of our students have the science education they will need for college, careers and life. That’s why 26 states are working together to develop the NGSS—internationally-benchmarked and rigorous state science education standards. As part of that development process, there will be two public comment periods where all interested parties are invited to give feedback. The first one began 11 May 2012.
NGSS have been written as student performance expectations grouped by topics and can be viewed in the topical groupings or individually. The draft performance expectations are composed of the three dimensions from the NRC’s Framework for K–12 Science Education. These draft performance expectations describe how students will demonstrate their understanding.
To review the draft standards, go to www.nextgenscience.org. Comments can be provided by clicking on any of the links that say “Go to the NGSS Survey.” The deadline for comments is 1 June.
We hope that you will consider sending your feedback on these standards,
AGU Education Staff”