Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Two Opportunities to Respond to the NGSS 2nd Draft
The 2nd draft of the Next Generation Science Standards have now been released by Achieve, Inc. and the National Research Council is accepting public comment on the Standards until January 29th. This document will guide science education in our schools and teacher preparation courses, and provides an opportunity to place geosciences on an equal footing with other scientific disciplines in our schools. NAGT is sponsoring two events (a webinar and a discussion forum) to
inform community members about what is in the draft Standards
and give them a chance to comment and provide feedback on the draft
Standards. The review period closes on January 29th.
Jump Down To: Informational Webinar | Discussion Forum | Connecting to the Events | Comment Thread
Tuesday, January 22
, 20132:30 PM Central
Time (3:30 PM Eastern, 1:30 PM Mountain, 12:30 PM Pacific)
Webinar Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 22.3MB Jan24 13)
Dr. Michael Wysession, Associate Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at Washington University, St. Louis, and NGSS Writing Team Leader, will lead the webinar. Dr. Wysession will give a 30 minute presentation on the 2nd draft and how it differs from the 1st followed by a question and answer period. The webinar is expected to last an hour.
Those wishing to take part in the webinar should read the Framework and the January 2013 draft Standards before the event. These documents can be found at:
NAGT Stakeholder Discussion Forum
Thursday, January 24, 2013
12:30 PM Central Time (1:30 PM Eastern, 11:30 AM Mountain, 10:30 AM Pacific)
Forum Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 194kB Jan24 13)
This forum will allow community members a means of providing comments and reviews to inform the NAGT Critical Stakeholder Review of the 2nd draft of the Standards. NAGT organizers will synthesize the input provided through the forum and send it to the NGSS team.
If you would like to provide feedback on the draft Standards but cannot attend the forum, please send your written comments to Aida Awad or Susan Buhr. You may also put your comments into the comment thread below. The deadline for comments is Sunday, January 27.
Connecting to the Events
Participation in both the webinar and forum will be facilitated by the Blackboard Collaborate screen sharing platform combined with a conference call phone line for the audio portion of the events. To fully participate in the webinar or forum, you will need to connect to both the audio and video streams.
To connect to the Blackboard Collaborate session, just point your web
browser to this link: Blackboard Collaborate. After visiting this url your computer should
automatically connect to the Blackboard Collaborate session. It will
ask you to provide your name and then you'll need to click 'trust' or
'run' when prompted. Once connected it will ask you about your
connection speed (choose wireless, Cable/DSL, or LAN depending your connection). We recommend that you try to connect to the Collaborate session at least 5-10 minutes before the event begins as the program can take a few minutes to spin up.
Important Note: Blackboard Collaborate is a Java-based application and given recent security warnings about Java, some users may not be able to access the video stream through Collaborate. If you have problems accessing the Collaborate session, you can use an alternative Join.me URL to view the video stream. Click Here To Access This Backup Stream. Note that if you use the Join.me connection, you will not be able to make use of the chat box or other functionalities inside of Blackboard Collaborate.
Conference Call Audio
Dial the conference call number, 1-800-704-9804 and then enter the access code 446 59 657. If for some reason the 800 number does not work, an alternate number is 404-920-6604.
If you need to mute yourself press *6.
Please try to use a land line with no speaker phone. Each cell
phone or speaker phone increases the line noise and the chance of
annoying feedback loops.
Comments on specific standards (I'm also submitting these directly at the NGSS site):
4-ESS1-a (p. 70 of DCI-arranged list) Interpreting rocks is too advanced for 4th grade - they need to be identifying rocks at this point, a skill which I can't fiind anywhere in the standards. Also, it specifies that "knowledge of the mechanism of rock formation is not required" but that would be necessary to do the interpretation that is being asked for.
MS-ESS2-i and MS-ESS3-h (p. 83 & 93 of DCI-arranged list) Students do need to know some symbols on weather maps to work with them. While we don't want to make science be just memorizing, knowing some things from memory is a part of intelligence and need not be avoided - one can't do science without knowing the meaning of some things such as map symbols.
MS-ESS2-b (p. 83 of DCI-arranged list) It's hard to analyze energy flow in the water cycle without reference to heats of vaporization and fusion/condensation, so a conceptual understandin gof these should be included. They are important for understanding climate change effects.
HS-ESS-2-a (p. 86 of DCI-arranged list) The assessment boundary says "details...not assessed", but it would be impossible to understand these processes without specific examples. The boundary limits exactly what would need to be included.
MS-ESS2-g (p. 83 of DCI-arranged list) Not sure where to add this omission, but there is not standard for identifying minerals and rocks, which is a fundamental Earth science skill that should be included. Note also that minerals are often referred to as fertilizer/nutrients or as resources, but not as the natural materials that make rocks and the Earth. This is a fundamental omission.
5-PS1-c (p. 3 of DCI-arranged list) Not sure where to add this omission, but it's a common omission of all chemistry studies: While carbon has many references in the standards, NOWHERE in the standards is a mention of the most common non-organic compounds: silicate minerals. Also, as is common in chemistry classes, there is no discussion of minerals as naturally-occurring compounds that make up the Earth. This needs to be added to basic physical science standards as part of the study of matter.
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