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ERIC Number: ED498196
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 43
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
The State's Formula for Success 2006
Colorado Department of Education
This standards review is the second in a series of annual reviews of the Colorado Model Content Standards. Its purpose is to identify student performance over time on measures of existing science standards, identify ways to affirm and strengthen standards and more clearly articulate the practices used by Colorado schools to promote student achievement to those standards. Discussion areas include: (1) national overview of K-12 science; (2) science standards and achievement in Colorado; (3) input from educators; (4) research and financial resources; and (5) characteristics of "science-successful" elementary and secondary schools. Ten recommendations are presented for improving science teaching and performance: (1) Identify what pre-conceptions and misperceptions students bring with them into the classroom about the nature of the scientific world around them; (2) Be clear about the science topics that Colorado students are expected to know at each grade level; (3) Build a focused and intentional district curriculum of concepts, knowledge and skills to avoid a shallow and excessively broad span of topics each year; (4) Guarantee that all students, each year, are deeply engaged in rigorous and developmentally appropriate life, physical and earth/space science instruction; (5) Be clear about what specific proficient student work looks like in science at each grade level; (6) Insist on a balance of explicit teacher-directed science instruction and teacher-guided student inquiry into science; (7) Diagnose what students understand about the lesson of the day with lab based activities, writing tasks and proofs; (8) Check school and teacher beliefs and dispositions about how many students can or should know science; (9) Recruit and develop teachers with knowledge of science concepts, learning and instruction; and (10) Ensure that other subject areas are reinforced and used in science instruction. Two appendixes are included: (A) Colorado Teacher Preparation Standards and (B) Current Research Initiatives. A resource list is included.
Colorado Department of Education. State Office Building, 201 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203. Tel: 303-866-6600; Fax: 303-830-0793; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado