Right from an infographic in Mervis’ Science article (taken from an NSTA survey):
83% of teachers say NGSS will improve student learning, but…
Only 38% think they will receive the additional training needed.
Only 42% think their district will give them the appropriate classroom materials.
Only 41% think they will have access to the necessary equipment.
That is a massive vote of no confidence in the nation’s commitment to improving K-12 science education. And I’m struggling to find evidence that the teachers who answered the survey are wrong.
And none of this has anything specifically to do with the adoption of the NGSS.
That is why the statement about the importance of improving science education made this week by Florida Board of Education Member John Padget is so important.