Earth and Space Science in the NRC Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards
The National Research Council released the Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards on July 19, 2011. The Framework provides the mechanism which will guide the writing of Next Generation Science Standards by Achieve, Inc in 2012. NAGT members can use this web page to track the progress of the move toward these new standards. To take part in discussions around the frameworks and the emerging standards, be sure to join the NAGT Science Literacy List and post on the Education and Public Policy Discussion Board.
Resources Related to the Framework and Standards
A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas
The National Academies Press has released the final version of the Framework which is available as a free PDF download on the NAP website. You can also order a printed version.
Next Generation Science Standards
This is the public website for the standards development process. It contains information about the current status of development as well as future stages of the process. It also features news about the latest developments and drafts of the standards will be published here as they become available.
July 2011 Webinar
To learn more about Earth Science in the Framework, the motivations and decisions that underpin the document, the next steps in developing the new standards, and the implications for K-12 Earth Science, NAGT presented a 1-hour webinar on July 25, 2011 with
Dr. Wysession served as the Leader of the Earth and Space Design team advising the NRC on the Framework document. He is now representing the Earth and Space Sciences in the writing of the Next Generation Science Standards at Achieve, Inc. In his presentation, Dr. Wysession discussed the process so far and what lies in store for standards development.
Dr. Wysession's Presentation: NRC Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 18.6MB Jul25 11) (PDF version (Acrobat (PDF) 1.4MB Jul25 11))
NSTA Resources on the Framework and Standards
- NSTA Next Generation Science Standards
This page provides access to NSTA resources and perspectives about the Frameworks and the development of the Standards to go with them.
- The NSTA Readers' Guide to A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas
This readers' guide unpacks the three key dimensions of the Framework - scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas in each specific discipline - allowing teachers, administrators, curriculum developers, university professors, and others to more easily grasp how the soon-to-be-released Next Generation Science Standards will differ from the current standards.
- Scientific and Engineering Practices in K–12 Classrooms: Understanding A Framework for K–12 Science Education
This article written by Rodger W. Bybee (Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education at the National Research Council) was published in all NSTA journals in December 2011. This is part of a series of articles from NSTA discussing the new and innovative perspectives being introduced in the new Framework.