Monday, July 29, 2013

Another set of standards . . .

In case it happened without you seeing it, our state is poised to join five others who have already adopted the Next Generation Science Standards.  In this Education Week article we learn that the state board of education has recommended adopting the standards.  It will become official when approved by Superintendent Dorn, something that is expected as he has voiced support for the standards.

I have heard and read good things about the standards and know that they were used when recommending new Science materials this summer to our Board.  The development of the standards was a long time in coming and now gives us "national" standards in three major content areas, math, language arts/reading, and science.  Will social studies be next?  Why is it that developing standards for social studies seems so elusive?

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