Board on Science Education
Sunday, April 20, 2014 
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Higher Education

Informal, Afterschool, and Public Engagement

Information and Communication Technology


Standards and Assessment

Policy and Program Reviews

Webinar: Next Generation Science Standards at the State Level

Opportunites for Environmental Education
April 29 (2:00 - 4:00 p.m.)

Martin Storksdieck, Director of the Board on Science Education;
Louis Koch, Education Director at NOAA;
Laura Downey, Executive Director of the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education; Lisa Alexander, Executive Director of the Audobon Naturalist Society.

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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 is also designed to be useful for curriculum and assessment designers, teacher educators, and others who work in K-12 science education.

Next Generation Science Standards

NGSS LThe framework served as the basis for the 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.  

Assessment and the Next Generation Science Standards

Science AssessmentLImplementing 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

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