The first public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards – the long-awaited national science standards – were just posted here and will be available until June 1. The note to NGSS e-mail subscribers says,
There is no doubt that science – and, therefore, science education – is central to the lives of all Americans. To that end, we must ensure that all students have a solid education in science. The recent NAEP science scores show we have a long way to go to ensure all of our students have the science education they will need for college, careers and life. That’s why 26 states are working together to develop the NGSS – internationally-benchmarked and rigorous state science education standards. As part of that development process, there will be two public comment periods where all interested parties are invited to give feedback. The first one begins today.
The NGSS have been written as student performance expectations grouped by topics, and can be viewed in the topical groupings or individually. The draft performance expectations are composed of the three dimensions from the NRC’s Framework for K-12 Science Education. These draft performance expectations describe how students will demonstrate their understanding.
Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Education is continuing its work to “clarify” the existing state standards. In a note to those working on the clarifications today, FDOE Science Curriculum Specialist Jackie Speake thanked those working on the clarifications and laid out the plans for both the state standards and the NGSS:
We presented to the State Board yesterday to request time to review the first draft of the National Science Standards, which were released to the states on Monday, and move forward with clarification statements for the current NGSSS for science for implementation next school year. What this means, at this point in time, we are not moving forward with revisions to the Florida Science Standards or adoption of another state standards, only clarification statements, until we have a good understanding of the content in the national standards and can make an informed recommendation to the State Board this summer/fall. We are utilizing the Office of Mathematics and Science Advisory Committee to conduct team reviews of the national standards over the next few weeks.