The National Science Education Standards is more than a document for reference when state or local content standards are written or revised. The book, available online and in print, contains a wealth of supporting information for you and other educators in addition to the K-12 standards for science education content.
Professional Development Standards
If you are involved in planning in-service, you will find criteria here for professional development that implements the national standards.
The assessment standards provide criteria for judging the quality of practices employed by teachers and by district, state, and federal agencies. The chapter closes with two sample assessment tasks.
Example: The Insect and the Spider
Throughout the content standards are links to detailed examples of lessons that implement teaching, assessment, and program standards. This is an example for grades 5-8.
Science Content Standards
The content standards are grouped by grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 with the aim of a seamless science program. The standards outline what students should know, understand, and be able to do.
Science Education Program Standards
Putting it all together, this chapter provides criteria for the quality of and conditions for science programs. Teachers, department chairs, curriculum directors, administrators, and school committees, all those who must translate the standards into programs, will find guidance here.
Table of Contents
Browsing the Contents will give you an idea of the depth and breadth of the Standards. In a position statement, the National Association of Science Teachers says, “It is incumbent upon classroom teachers to become as knowledgeable as possible about the Standards and then, in turn, assist in the dissemination of the vision to colleagues, administrators, parents, community leaders, and policy makers.”
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