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Building Understanding Among New and Current Teachers
A Deep Dive into A Framework for K-12 Science Education
NSTA: July 2011: A Framework for K-12 Science Education
NSTA: October 2011: Making the Transition to Science and Engineering Practices
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A Framework for K-12 Science Education:
Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas
The framework identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school. Designed to make science education more closely resemble the way scientists work and think, the framework envisions that students will gradually deepen their understanding of scientific ideas over time by engaging in practices that scientists and engineers actually use.
The framework served as the basis for the recently released Next Generation Science Standards, which were developed by a consortium of 26 states. The standards provide a detailed description of the key scientific ideas and practices that students should learn as they progress from kindergarten through high school. More information
The framework is also designed to be useful for curriculum and assessment designers, teacher educators, and others who work in K-12 science education.
Assessment and the Next Generation Science Standards
Implementing a new vision for how students should learn about science will require new kinds of assessments. This new National Research Council report recommends strategies for assessing student progress in learning science as laid out in the Next Generation Science Standards. More information