State team completes science recommendation
Members of the Science Standards Review Team have completed a final report on their recommendation that Iowa adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, with some modifications, as Iowa's new science standards. The report was submitted to the State Board of Education for consideration.
Iowa’s statewide academic standards set consistent expectations for what students should know and be able to do from kindergarten through high school in science, social studies, English-language arts, math and 21st century skills (civic literacy, employability skills, financial literacy, health literacy, and technology literacy). The standards, known as the Iowa Core, establish what students must learn to be prepared for success after high school. Local schools and educators continue to set and oversee decisions about curriculum and classroom instruction.
In October 2014, the Iowa Department of Education convened the Science Standards Review Team in response to Gov. Branstad’s Executive Order 83. The executive order called for a review of Iowa’s academic standards, including public comment, to determine the content of, and to continually improve, the standards. The science standards review will be followed by reviews of the other parts of Iowa’s statewide standards.
The team’s charge was to review Iowa’s science standards, as well as rigorous science standards from other states and organizations; to take a preliminary recommendation to the public for feedback; and to consider the public feedback before sending a final recommendation to the Iowa Department of Education director and to the Iowa State Board of Education.