|STEM Integration in K-12 Education:|
Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research
This report examines current efforts to connect the STEM disciplines in K–12 education. This report identifies and characterizes existing approaches to integrated STEM education, both in formal and after- and out-of-school settings. The report reviews the evidence for the impact of integrated approaches on various student outcomes, and it proposes a set of priority research questions to advance the understanding of integrated STEM education.
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|Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards|
This new report from the Board on Testing and Assessment and the Board on Science Education, describes the types of new assessments that will be needed to gauge student progress. The report recommends a systems approach, one that uses a range of assessments that complement one another to yield information that can guide decisions of teachers, policymakers and others.
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|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.
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