This is where the community can discuss the Next Generation Science Standards. Public comment is due by June 1, 2012. NAGT will host a focus group and discussion thread to gather comment, hosted by Aida Awad and Susan Buhr. We are working to set up a focus group meeting for this week.
Watch this space for more on how to give your comment. In the meantime, here is how to get started:
To give individual input directly to NGSS, take the survey at: https://achieve.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9tYcVBMRgyCbcLq
View the draft standards at http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards
To search by topic or performance expectation, scroll to the bottom of the page on the Next Gen SS website pasted above.
Write your comments here or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
See the pdf documents on the left hand side of the page for more context and explanation.
What’s new in the Next Generation Science Standards? For starters:
• Science content and practices are integrated throughout-not treated separately.
• Earth and Space Sciences have more prominence than in the past.
• Engineering and Applications of Science have more prominence.
• Climate change,energy use and human sustainability are included.
* A big presence for models and modeling.
• English language skills such as using evidence in argumentation and identifying and communicating credible information are included.
These standards will shape instruction, testing and curriculum design for the foreseeable future. What happens here will affect your children, your students, your children's teachers, your fellow citizens, your legislators and your future colleagues. The last time this happened was before 1996, so consider this opportunity the Venus transit of the education world, or at least consider it a significant and rare event.
It is critical for scientists and science educators to comment on this document. The organizers declare that "in no way should any statement within the draft be viewed as final". That means if you like something and want it to stay the way it is you should say so! If you don’t like something the way it is you should say so and provide an alternative. Participation is like voting-whatever happens you know you did your part.
Yours in science education,
Susan Buhr NAGT Vice President
Aida Award NAGT 2nd Vice President
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