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Update – Draft New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards Posted for Preview

The draft New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards have been posted for public preview. For more information and to view the draft science learning standards please click here.

Update - Draft New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards

In January 2015, the Board of Regents (BoR) approved the Statewide Strategic Plan for Science and directed the Education Department to develop new draft New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS). The item presented to the BoR may be accessed online at http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/115p12a1.pdf.

During the summer of 2015, New York State science educators who are employed by the State Education Department to develop the State’s science assessments, prepared a preliminary draft of K-12 NYSSLS. This preliminary draft was based on feedback received from the 2013 survey and from science education stakeholders across the State. The starting point for this preliminary draft was the Next Generation Science Standards and the tenets of the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. New York State’s Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology and the six associated core curriculum resource guides were also consulted during the development of this preliminary draft.

The Department wishes to thank the team of New York State science educators for their contributions to the preliminary draft of K-12 NYSSLS. The roster of members may be accessed here.

In mid-August 2015, Science Education Steering Committee members convened at the Education Department. In addition to discussions surrounding the Statewide Strategic Plan for Science, members reviewed the preliminary draft of the K-12 NYSSLS and provided the Department with recommendations for revisions. These recommendations were considered and incorporated into a new draft of K-12 NYSSLS.

The Science Standards’ Writing Team met in late September 2015 to review the new draft of K-12 NYSSLS. Over the course of the two-day meeting, the team provided the Department with recommendations regarding the draft set of science learning standards. Their recommendations were considered and incorporated, as appropriate, into a third iteration of draft K-12 NYSSLS that is being prepared for public review and comment.

The Department wishes to thank the Science Standards’ Writing Team for their contribution to the draft of K-12 NYSSLS. The roster of team members may be accessed here.

Science Education Steering Committee

The NYS Board of Regents approved the Statewide Strategic Plan for Science during its January 2015 meeting. The plan may be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci/strplan.html.

To ensure the fidelity of ongoing science initiatives with the strategic plan, the Department has assembled a Science Education Steering Committee (SESC) comprised of New York State science education stakeholders. The SESC will be charged with:

  • Advising the Department on the implementation of the Statewide Strategic Plan for Science,
  • Advising the Department on revisions to the newly drafted New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS),
  • Ensuring that new NYSSLS meet the research-based standards evaluation criteria developed for the initial comparison survey to a great extent when compared to those criteria,
  • Advocating for and proposing adoption of new NYSSLS to the Board of Regents, and
  • Substantiating that the six critical components – Standards, Curriculum, Professional Development to Enhance Instruction, Assessment, Materials and Resource Support, and Administrative and Community Support – of the strategic plan are addressed with fidelity to a proposed phase-in timeline.
The roster of members may be accessed at Science Education Steering Committee pdf document (13KB)

 

Previous information related to the Statewide Strategic Plan for Science.
 

 

Last Updated: June 7, 2016