ERIC Number: ED421512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
State Science Standards: An Appraisal of Science Standards in 36 States.
Lerner, Lawrence S.
Fordham Report, v2 n3 Mar 1998
The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation has commissioned studies of state academic standards in five core subjects. This is the fifth of these studies, focusing on state standards for science. Thirty-six states presented standards for evaluation. Some states were in the process of revising standards, while others simply had no standards to present. Evaluation was based on 25 criteria grouped into 5 major categories: (1) purpose, expectations and audience; (2) organization; (3) coverage and content; (4) quality; and (5) negative criteria. Six states earned an "A" (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana, New Jersey, and Rhode Island). Seven others earned a "B." While more than a third of the states earned good grades, seven states earned "C"s, seven earned "D"s, and nine failed. The very universality of science should make the development of standards easier, since there are sound models in the United States and abroad to guide their development. The standards, or lack of standards, are analyzed individually for each state. (Contains six tables and three figures.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Core Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Knowledge Level, Science Instruction, Sciences, State Programs, State Standards, Tables (Data)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.
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Note: For other state standards reports, see TM 028 835-838 and CS 216 412.