Next Generation Science Standards are due to be released this month, March 2013.
These standards stem from the Framework for K-12 Science Education which was developed by an 18 member expert committee which included 9 scientists and engineers as well as 9 experts in science education and learning sciences.
The framework was released in July 2011 and a draft version was sent out for review from stakeholders. Originally this effort was led by 26 states.
In the past there were too many topics...
"The next generation of standards and and curricula... should be structured to identify a few core ideas in a discipline and elaborate how those ideas can be cumulatively developed over grades K-8" Tom Keller, Senior Program Officer, The National Academies.
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"Developers of curricula and standards should present science as a process of building theories and models using evidence, checking them for consistency and coherence, and testing them empirically." Tom Keller, Senior Program Officer, The National Academies.
Vision Statement of the Framework: "The Framework is designed to hep realize a vision for education in the sciences and engineering in which (all) students, over multiple years of school actively engage in science and engineering practices and apply crosscutting concepts to deepen their understanding of the core ideas in these fields."
As in the Common Core State Standards for Math and Language Arts we see a lot of work being done by various states to communicate and educate new standards and practices for equipping educators and improving education for the 21st century.
Reference the full webinar video here.