This summer the National Research Council released the Framework for K-12 Science Education Standards. This document serves as the blueprint for the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. The Framework will serve as a key focus for our science conversations in Maine during the 2011-2012 school year. It is important to remember that the Framework for K-12 Science Education Standards is not the new science standards. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are being developed by Achieve in partnership with a group of Lead States. Achieve anticipates that NGSS standards will be released at the end of 2012.
The Maine Department of Education (MDOE) and the Maine Science Teachers Association will prepare resources this fall to help educators learn about the Framework for K-12 Science Education Standards. Throughout the 2011-2012 school year the MDOE will also share information about the development of the Next Generation Science Standards and will publicize opportunities for public input into the standards. The MDOE will share information through a variety of communication avenues, such as, the Commissioner’s Update, the Science Listserv, the Maine Environmental Education Association Listserv, and the Technology and Engineering Education Association and the Maine Science Teachers Association.
Four things can you do:
- Share this information. Send the email to 5 other teachers in your school right now.
- Get the document. Download the Framework for K-12 Science Education Standards today. (The link for the download follows.)
FRAMEWORK FOR K-12 SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13165
- Start understanding the Framework. Read one section of the Framework this week. (You might begin with the Executive Summary.)
- Get connected. Sign up to receive:
Maine Environmental Education Listserv
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