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Comments sought on the Next Generation Science Standards

from Education Week

Public comments on the science component of the Common Core School Standards Initiative are being solicited until June 1. The "Common Core" is a project of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to standardize learning standards across the United States. The mathematics and English Language Arts components were released in 2010. The so-called Next Generation Science Standards were released on May 11. An understanding of the Framework for K-12 Science Education is crucial to be able to critically review the NGSS. This framework was developed by National Academy of Sciences panel chaired by former American Physical Society president, Helen Quinn. The NGSS are consistent with the curricular strategy of "Physics First," which was endorsed by NSBP and the National Alliance of Black School Educators earlier this year as a way to address issues of equity and access to opportunities to learn physics. Currently only a quarter of African American high school students take a high school physics course. more

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