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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Standards and Assessment
Over the past two decades standards and assessment have become central mechanisms for change in education nationally and at the state level. In science education the National Research Council has been a leader in the standards movement since the mid-1990s with the publication of the National Science Education Standards. The recent report A Framework for K-12 Science Education heralds a new generation of science standards, starting with a vision of excellence in science education for all students that is based on a synthesis of recent research findings.


Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM EducationA Nation Advancing?  (BOSE,BOTA)

Following a 2011 report by the National Research Council (NRC) on successful K-12 education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Congress asked the National Science Foundation... Read more

A Framework for K-12 Science EducationPractices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas  (BOSE)

Science, engineering, and technology permeate nearly every facet of modern life and hold the key to solving many of humanity's most pressing current and future challenges. The United States' position... Read more

What Is the Influence of the National Science Education Standards?Reviewing the Evidence, A Workshop Summary  (BOSE)

In 2001, with support from National Science Foundation, the National Research Council began a review of the evidence concerning whether or not the National Science Education Standards have had an... Read more

Classroom Assessment and the National Science Education Standards  (BOSE)

The National Science Education Standards address not only what students should learn about science but also how their learning should be assessed. How do we know what they know? This accompanying... Read more

Investigating the Influence of StandardsA Framework for Research in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education  (BOSE)

Since 1989, with the publication of Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for Mathematics by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, standards have been at the forefront of the education reform... Read more

Systems for State Science Assessment  (BOTA,BOSE)

In response to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), Systems for State Science Assessment explores the ideas and tools that are needed to assess science learning at the state level. This book... Read more

Inquiry and the National Science Education StandardsA Guide for Teaching and Learning  (BOSE)

Humans, especially children, are naturally curious. Yet, people often balk at the thought of learning science--the "eyes glazed over" syndrome. Teachers may find teaching science a major challenge in... Read more

National Science Education Standards  (BOSE)

Americans agree that our students urgently need better science education. But what should they be expected to know and be able to do? Can the same expectations be applied across our diverse... Read more

Related NRC Reports

Standards for K-12 Engineering Education? (2010)



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