March 12, 2013
The major journals of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have published articles featuring and explaining to science teachers the nature of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The journals include The Science Teacher, Science Scope and Science and Children. For the past several issues, each journal has published articles that deal with different aspects of the NGSS, including what students should know about earth science, life science, and physical science, when they should know it, and why these standards will “help all learners in the nation develop the science and engineering understanding they need to live successful, informed, and productive lives, and that will help them create a sustainable planet for future generations.” (Krajcik 2013, p.… Read more
January 27, 2013
Why are we so hung up on making sure students’ test scores rise, year after year? Is this a sustainable and humanistic approach to educating children and youth? Is using the metric of competency-based test scores a valid measure of student learning and a convincing appraisal of teaching?
This week Illinois raised the “cut score” on its high stakes standardized tests in math, English language arts, and science making it more difficult for students to “meet competency.”
Ever since the U.S.… Read more
January 20, 2013
Maureen Downey is the education blogger at Get Schooled on the Atlanta Journal-Journal (AJC) website, and writes occasional education editorials for the newspaper. In her post today, she wonders why the teachers in Seattle are protesting by refusing to administer a test they are required to give three times per year to all students in their classes. She puts it this way:
What’s odd to me is the test Seattle teachers are choosing to protest, which is the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP).
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January 13, 2013
The second draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) was released this week, and you can check it out and give feedback here.
Millions of dollars are being spent to write the new science standards. And it will cost even more to carry out them in the Nation’s schools. Why new standards at this time? According to Achieve, the developers of the NGSS there is a problem with science and mathematics education.… Read more
January 11, 2013
Achieve, Inc., a corporate sponsored non-profit company, uploaded the 2nd draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) on its website for review until January 29, 2013. A final version will be uploaded in March, 2013.
For many educators, the NGSS are just what the doctor ordered to improve science teaching in the U.S. In fact, some say that it will revolutionize STEM education in the nation. According to the developers and financial backers of NGSS, the nation’s science education is in shambles, and needs to be fixed. The economic prosperity of the nation is at stake, and future workers, today’s students, will simply not be able to compete in the global market place.… Read more
December 14, 2012
International science and environmental education have been a major focus of my professional work, and so when results on international comparisons are released by TIMSS (Math and Science, PIRLS (Reading), or PISA(Math, Reading & Science), I am eager to write about what these results mean.
On this website there have been many posts devoted to an analysis of international test results and the comparisons that fill the airwaves, the Internet and newspapers.… Read more