Science standards team to reconvene in April
Members of a state team charged with reviewing Iowa’s science standards agreed today that the Next Generation Science Standards will be the basis for their work on a final recommendation to the State Board of Education.
That work will continue at the Science Standards Review Team’s next meeting on April 14. At that time, the review team will go over the Next Generation Science Standards in detail and consider whether the standards should be adapted based on public feedback or adopted as they are.
Today, team members studied and discussed public feedback on the Next Generation Science Standards. Four public forums and a statewide survey in February generated about 2,600 comments. The group also discussed whether it should work from the entire Next Generation Science Standards document, or only the performance expectations set by the standards. Members also discussed whether the middle school standards should be grouped together or individually by grades 6, 7 and 8.
The science standards work began last fall, when Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck convened 19 Iowans to review Iowa’s science standards as well as rigorous science standards from other states and organizations. The team is made up of education and business leaders with expertise in physical science, life science, earth and space science, and engineering, technology and application. The group’s charge is to recommend improvements to the State Board of Education.
The Next Generation Science Standards is the name of science standards developed by 26 states, including Iowa, that all states can consider adopting and adapting to meet their needs. Academic standards represent consistent expectations for what students should know and be able to do from kindergarten through high school. Iowa’s academic standards are being reviewed, starting with science, as part of Executive Order 83.
To read the Next Generation Science Standards, visit http://www.nextgenscience.org/.
To read Iowa’s academic standards, visit https://iowacore.gov/.
For more information about the Science Standards Review Team, click here.