Saturday, 22 December 2012

Content Standards and Objectives

make the way teachers teach more focused and flexible while making the way students learn more engaging and personalized.
The Next Generation Standards represent the next logical step in the progression of the statewide movement called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.
Nearly 100 teachers spent months tweaking West Virginia's mathematics and English language arts Content Standards and Objectives. What transpired is described as "fewer, focused and deeper" next generation standards which will truly prepared students to be college and career ready.
The Next Generation Standards are designed to focus on fewer concepts while stressing deeper learning and understanding.
Most importantly, these standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.

Critical Stakeholders

The Critical Stakeholders are distinguished individuals and organizations that represent education, science, business and industry and who have interest in the Next Generation Science Standards. The members are drawn from all 50 states and have expertise in:
  • Elementary, middle and high school science from both urban and rural communities
  • Special education and English language acquisition
  • Postsecondary education
  • State standards and assessments
  • Cognitive science, life science, physical science, earth/space science, and engineering/technology
  • Mathematics and Literacy
  • Business and industry
  • Workforce development
  • Education policy
The Critical Stakeholders will critique successive, confidential drafts of the standards and provide feedback to the writers and states, giving special attention to their areas of expertise.


Carnegie Corporation of New York, which was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 "to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding," is one of the oldest, largest and most influential of American grantmaking foundations. The foundation makes grants to promote international peace and to advance education and knowledge - primary concerns to which founder Andrew Carnegie devoted the foundation.

Additional support provided by

The Noyce Foundation: The Noyce Foundation was created by the Noyce family in 1990 to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Robert N. Noyce, co-founder of Intel and inventor of the integrated circuit. The Foundation focuses on a few key areas: expanding opportunities for students to experience hands‐on science in out‐of‐school settings; supporting human capital efforts to develop effective teachers and principal leaders; and investing in models and policy for improving the teaching of math, science, and literacy.
The Cisco Foundation: The Cisco Foundation supports Cisco's efforts to team with NPO/NGO organizations around the world to develop public investment programs focused on critical human needs, access to education, and economic empowerment. We focus this work on underserved communities and look for solutions that harness the power of the Internet and communications technology.
DuPont: Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in approximately 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

What's New?

Next Generation Science Standards

Quality science education is based on standards that are rich in content and practice, with aligned curricula, pedagogy, assessment, and teacher preparation and development. It has been nearly 15 years since the      National Research Council and the American Association for Advancement in Science produced the seminal documents on which most state standards are based. Since that time, major advances in science and our understanding of how students learn science have taken place and need to be reflected in state standards. The time is right to forge Next Generation Science Standards.