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Science Learning Progressions

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Science  25 Jan 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6118, pp. 396-397
DOI: 10.1126/science.1228692

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Guided by the 2011 U.S. National Research Council framework for science education (1), the most recent draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is briefly open for public comment (2). Key goals of this effort (3) include (i) reducing coverage to a select set of "big ideas" (e.g., atomic molecular theory, biodiversity, energy); (ii) providing a progression to facilitate coherence in learning of these ideas over the course of schooling; and (iii) promoting a practice-oriented approach to inquiry-based science learning.