Yes, that’s correct. If you would like to have some input into the standards that will be used to assess science knowledge across the US, you have until August 2nd to review and comment on the National Research Council’s draft of the Conceptual Framework for New Science Standards.
The standards are geared toward K-12, but we know that what happens at the lower levels significantly effects what happens later on. If you are involved with teaching or learning science in any way, give some thought to the core knowledge that students should have upon either entering the workforce, or beginning an undergraduate science degree. Those of us on the front-lines are the ones who know best what is lacking in our current approach to teaching science.
A survey will be posted on the National Academies website July 14th for those who would like to offer their feedback.
Written by Heather Falconer
Heather Falconer holds undergraduate degrees in Graphic Arts and Environmental Science, as well as an MFA in Writing and an MLitt in Literature. She is currently completing her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, with an emphasis on rhetoric in/and/of science. Heather has worked internationally in academic publishing as both an author and editor, and has taught a wide range of topics from research writing to marine biology in the public and private educational sectors.