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Iowans invited to give feedback on science standards

September 18, 2013

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Education today launched a public opinion survey of Iowans regarding the Next Generation Science Standards.

The survey is part of a broader state effort to seek input on the new science standards, which represent a multi-state effort to develop a common set of learning expectations for students in kindergarten through high school.

Iowa was one of 26 states that worked to develop the science standards, which were released in April and are available for voluntary adoption in states.

Last month, the Iowa Department of Education convened a state task force to review the science standards. The task force will make a recommendation later this year to the State Board of Education about whether to adopt the standards as part of the Iowa Core, the statewide academic standards in math, science, English/language arts and social studies.

Survey results will provide guidance and feedback to the task force, the Iowa Department of Education, and the State Board of Education.

“In Iowa, we support efforts to improve science education in a way that challenges students to apply what they’ve learned, which is so important in a new economy that demands innovation,” Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck said. “Now is the time to review these science standards statewide and determine whether they should move forward in Iowa schools. We want as much input as possible from Iowans.”

The Next Generation Science Standards were developed during a two-year, state-led process that was managed by Achieve, a nonprofit education organization. About 70 Iowans were involved, including K-12 educators, science consultants, higher education faculty, and Iowa Department of Education staff members.

The standards are internationally benchmarked and identify science and engineering practices and content with a focus on preparing K-12 students to go to college or to enter the workforce. To read the Next Generation Science Standards, visit http://www.nextgenscience.org/.

The survey will be open through Friday, Oct. 11. To participate, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JBQM56P.

For more information about the Next Generation Science Standards Task Force, visit http://www.educateiowa.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2951&Itemid=5238.

 

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