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My Talk to the SCAAPT

The Southern California chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers asked me to give a brief talk about the Next Generation Science Standards at their Fall meeting yesterday. You can see my slides here, although they’re pretty bare-bones and most of what I had to say I’ve said in more detail elsewhere (e.g., here). […]

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A Petition Against Integrating The Middle School Sciences

Middle school science teacher Emily Williams has a petition expressing opposition to the proposed “integration” of the middle school sciences in California. Her concerns are similar to my own. Since the last standards were adopted 15 years ago science teachers have been building their expertise and honing their craft to teach science with a focus […]

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Why Do People Support The Next Generation Science Standards?

I’ve been pretty hard on the Next Generation Science Standards. So if I’m right about their middling quality, why do they have such enthusiastic supporters? Interestingly, NGSS defenders will often concede – e.g., here – that the proposed standards are not as clear as they should be. This is always puzzling to me, because clearly […]

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My Letter To The State Board of Education Regarding NGSS Adoption And Implementation

Things have been a little hectic for me recently as summer vacation rapidly comes to a close and the new school year rapidly approaches, but I did set aside a little (I’d hoped) time today draft a letter to the California State Board of Education about the Next Generation Science Standards and the proposed middle school […]

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My Head, Talking About Evolution And The NGSS

I was on HuffPost Live yesterday discussing evolution and the Next Generation Science Standards. It was a little weird to find myself defending the NGSS, which are actually pretty mediocre overall. The fact, however, is that the standards would be even worse if they omitted important content like evolution. If standards don’t clearly lay out what […]

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How Should Science Content Be Organized Across Grade Levels?

In California middle schools students currently learn “earth science” in 6th grade, “life science” in 7th grade, and “physical science” in 8th grade. California’s proposed adoption plan for the Next Generation Science Standards rearranges that sequence in some peculiar ways. Under the proposal, for example, rather than 8th graders being taught a combination of physics, […]

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California Postpones NGSS Adoption For Two Months

The California State Board of Education considered adopting the Next Generation Science Standards yesterday and…decided to wait to vote on them until their September meeting. I’d like to think that’s because state education leaders are beginning to have second thoughts about the new standards, but that does not appear to be the case: The reasons: To […]

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The NGSS Are Bad For The Most Vulnerable Students

I’m obviously no fan of the Next Generation Science Standards. Still, it’s conceivable that they could be good for some students while being bad on the whole. I’m skeptical, but it’s not out of the question. And if you were to force me to speculate about which group of students the NGSS are most “tailored […]

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8 Quick Points About NGSS Criticism

It’s all too rare that supporters of the Next Generation Science Standards get into the specifics of the proposed standards’ merits and weaknesses, so I appreciate Adam Percival‘s attempt to do so.  In his view the Fordham evaluation – which gave the NGSS a middling grade of ‘C’ – makes a number of mistakes that […]

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Good Standards Should Specify What Kids Are Supposed To Learn

In a footnote at the end of this post summarizing the weaknesses of the Next Generation Science Standards, Checker Finn and Kathleen Porter-Magee write:  The NGSS team says it will be releasing another appendix—there are already a dozen!—that will discuss college and career readiness. For now, we must assume that what’s actually in—and missing from—NGSS […]

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