EdWeek blog Curriculum Matters reports draft national science standards coming early spring

From the Education Week blog Curriculum Matters:

The first public glimpse of a draft of common science standards for states will come in early spring, we’ve just learned.

Currently, 26 states are playing a lead role in helping to develop the Next Generation Science Standards, which organizers of the effort hope will eventually be adopted by all—or at least most—states.

The plan is that by late March or April, the draft standards will be made available for public comment, according to Stephen Pruitt, a vice president at Achieve, the Washington-based group facilitating the standards-writing process.

“We are hard at work. We are preparing for a public draft,” he told me yesterday.

At present, Florida is not among the 26 states involved in the development effort, indicating a reluctance on the part of the state’s educational leadership to abandon the existing standards, which were adopted by the State Board of Education in February of 2008.  The Fordham Institute yesterday awarded Florida’s science standards a grade of “D” and delivered withering criticism regarding a lack of rigor, clarity and organization.

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