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ERIC Number: ED512104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
What States Should Know about International Standards in Science: Highlights from Achieve's Analysis
Achieve, Inc.
Achieve, through support from the Noyce Foundation, examined ten sets of international standards with the intent of informing the development of both the conceptual framework and Next Generation Science Standards. Achieve selected countries based on their strong performance on international assessments and/or their economic, political, or cultural importance to the United States. The overall goal of Achieve's report on international standards is to inform the development of the NRC's (National Research Council) conceptual framework and the subsequent development of the Next Generation Science Standards. Through a quantitative analysis of international standards, Achieve's reviewers discovered four key findings: (1) All countries require participation in integrated science instruction through Lower Secondary and seven of 10 countries continue that instruction through Grade 10, providing a strong foundation in scientific literacy; (2) Physical science content standards (physics and chemistry content taken together) received far more attention in lower primary through lower secondary. Other countries dedicate the greatest proportion of their standards to biology and physics content and the least to earth and space science; (3) Other countries' standards focus life science instruction strongly on human biology, and relationships among living things in a way that highlights the personal and social significance of life science for students and citizens; and (4) Cross-cutting content common to all of the sciences such as the nature of science, nature of technology and engineering receives considerable attention. (Contains 1 footnote.) [For the full report, see ED512106.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; China; Hong Kong; Hungary; Ireland; Japan; Singapore; South Korea; United Kingdom (England); United States