We offer our congratulations to current BOSE member Joseph Francisco, who is one of 84 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Francisco is the Associate Dean of research and graduate education in College of Science and the William E. Moore Distinguished Professor in Departments of Chemistry and of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University. While his research focuses on spectroscopy, kinetics and photochemistry of novel transient species in the gas phase, he is committed to improving science learning and teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards
Marking the culmination of a three-year, multiphase process, a 26-state consortium has released the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a detailed description of the key scientific ideas and practices that all students should learn by the time they graduate from high school. The standards are based largely on the 2011 NRC A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. Shepherded by the nonprofit educational organization Achieve Inc., the 26 lead states and a team of 40 writers used the framework as a foundation to develop internationally benchmarked science education standards. With the final release, all states can now discuss whether to voluntarily adopt the standards in their public schools.
Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education: A Nation Advancing?identifies 14 indicators linked to the recommendations from the 2011 NRC report Successful K-12 STEM Education. By providing a focused set of key indicators related to students’ access to quality learning, teaching, and policy and funding initiatives in STEM, the report identifies the data needed to monitor progress in K–12 STEM education and to make informed decisions about improving it.