Relevant to our recent discussion of science curriculum standards and benchmarks is a new initiative by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to establish national science education standards for K-12.
In my earlier post about guidelines for the HSR project, I referenced two sources of national science standards (here and here). As I understand it, those earlier projects are now 10 to 20 years old, and the new initiative is a collaboration of the same organizations to update and refine the standards.
Here is the announcement letter that the AAAS membership received (forwarded to me by Randy Isaac):
An opportunity is at hand for AAAS members to make a significant contribution to science education reform. As we noted in our 28 May 2010 editorial in Science, efforts are underway to move the nation toward a “clear statement of learning goals for science that are the same across states.” A coherent set of learning goals is essential to the design of curriculum and assessment materials, and the scientific community needs to play an active role in the development process.
The Board on Science Education at the National Research Council has just released a draft of a conceptual framework to guide the development of next generation standards for K-12 science education and your input is needed. We hope you will take the time to download and read the request from the NRC and if at all possible to respond by August 2.
Alan I. Leshner, Shirley Malcom, and Jo Ellen Roseman
Public feedback is welcome.
The invitation to review these drafts and provide feedback applies to everyone, not just AAAS members. I look forward to studying the draft proposal and completing the online survey. I encourage you to do the same.
Start with this Cover Letter. (Links to the relevant documents and online survey links are at the bottom).