ERIC Number: EJ1008529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May-15
Reference Count: 0
Capacity Issues Confront Implementation of Standards
Robelen, Erik W.
Education Week, v32 n31 p1, 12-13 May 2013
With the completion of new standards intended to reshape science education, the real heavy lifting now begins. First, states must decide whether to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards developed by a coalition of 26 states and several national organizations. Already, though, considerable focus is turning to laying the groundwork for the biggest task of all: bringing the standards to life at the classroom level. The capacity challenges for states and school districts are immense as they contemplate taking on the new standards, which call for bringing greater depth to science understanding and asking students to apply that knowledge through the practices of scientific inquiry and engineering design. The standards have major implications for critical levers in the education system, including teacher education and professional development, curriculum and instructional materials, and assessments. Addressing all that will take substantial time and money.
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Educational Change, Academic Standards, State Standards, Capacity Building, Faculty Development, Elementary School Science, Alignment (Education)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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