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Opportunities and Challenges in Next Generation Standards

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Science  19 Apr 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6130, pp. 276-277
DOI: 10.1126/science.1234011

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Imagine that politicians and the people they represent understood how human activity impacts Earth, including climate. And imagine that they had learned how to evaluate claims, argue from evidence, and understand models. These understandings and practices are prominent in the U.S. National Research Council (NRC) framework to guide the next iteration of standards for U.S. elementary and secondary school students (1). We discuss how aspects such as authorship, coordination among subject areas, and broader goals of college and career readiness give reason to believe that this effort will be more successful than previous attempts to use standards to improve science education (2).

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