New NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards
Board of Regents Adopted New NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards (December 2016)
The Board of Regents recently adopted new New York State P-12 Learning Standards at their December 2016 Board of Regents (BOR) meeting, effective beginning July 1, 2017.
You can access the entire item on the Department’s web site at http://www.regents.nysed.gov/node/8503 and
http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/1216p12a1.pdf. These new state science standards are based on the foundation of the National Research Council’s: A Framework for K-12 Science Education; Practices, Cross Cutting Concepts and Core Ideas; and the Next Generation Science Standards.
Included in the BOR item is a timetable for proposed next steps between now and July 1, 2017. This includes the development of a NY State Comprehensive Science Standards Implementation Plan that pinpoints three phases to address a systematic and systemic transition to new standards based on an alignment to the Statewide Strategic Plan for Science (available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci/strplan.html and
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci/documents/Final-Statewide-Strategic-Plan-for-ScienceRev.pdf). The three phases of the implementation plan are Phase I: Initial Transition-Raise Awareness and Capacity Building; Phase II: Transition and Implementation; and Phase III: Implementation and Sustainability.
Over the next several months NYSED program staff will continue to work in collaboration with stakeholders across the state to address the goals, objectives, and activities of the Statewide Strategic Plan for Science across six major areas: Standards, Curriculum and Instruction, Professional Development to Enhance Instruction, Materials and Resource Support, and Administrative and Community Support. To that end, the strategic plan will guide the specific phases of implementation in a newly developed NY State Comprehensive Science Standards Implementation Plan, once completed.
Development of New NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards
New NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards for Board of Regents' Consideration
New NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards for consideration by the Board of Regents are now posted. Please click here to access the standards.
Survey for Rating Draft NYS P-12 Science Learning StandardsOver the course of many months and in collaboration with numerous science education stakeholders across New York State, the New York State Education Department spearheaded the development of draft New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards. The Education Department recently posted the draft New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) for public preview. This draft may be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci/nys-p12-science-ls-intro.html.
In order to collect feedback related to the draft NYSSL, the Department has posted a survey allowing respondents to rate the draft NYSSLS against a set of research-based standards evaluation criteria. The survey may be accessed at https://www.research.net/r/DRAFT-NYS-Science-Learning-Standards. The feedback received will inform revisions to the draft NYSSLS prior to presenting them to the Board of Regents for discussion and eventual adoption.
Thank you, in advance, for participating in this important survey. The survey will remain open until close of business on Friday, February 5, 2016.
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 (13KB)
More information about the Statewide Strategic Plan for Science and archived standards’ development information can be found here.