ERIC Number: EJ1145507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
The Science Standards and Students of Color
Strachan, Samantha L.
Science Teacher, v84 n47-50 Apr 2017
In a 2014 report, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) projected that by the year 2022, minority students will outnumber non-Hispanic white students enrolled in public schools. As the diversity of the student population in the United States increases, concerns arise about student performance in science classes, especially among students of color. Hispanic and African-American students continue to under-perform on standardized science assessments, the NCES reports. Although these groups have shown small improvements in recent years, considerable achievement gaps persist for students of color (NCES 2012). As educators strive to implement the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013), addressing the needs of our shifting student demographics will become ever more important. This article discusses strategies proposed in the "NGSS" to make science more accessible to students of diverse backgrounds.
Descriptors: Science Education, Minority Group Students, Science Achievement, Underachievement, Hispanic American Students, African American Students, Public Schools, Culturally Relevant Education, Activism, Student Diversity, Teaching Methods, Learning Modalities, Mentors
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