When it comes to K-12 curricula, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts and mathematics tend to dominate the national discussion. However, that does not mean educators are not focused on improving instruction in other academic subjects, such as science.
Just as the CCSS are designed to improve K-12 language arts and mathematics education across the U.S., the Next Generation Science Standards will ensure students graduate from high school with a strong foundation in science. According to the Standards' website, science plays a central role in the lives of all Americans. For this reason, it is essential for students to progress to their collegiate and professional careers with the science skills they need.
Maryland is one state where educators are thinking about the Science Standards, as it recently adopted them, according to The Frederick News-Post. Currently, the plan is for Maryland schools to implement the Standards by the 2017-2018 academic year. This deadline provides school officials with plenty of time to ensure the proper implementation of the new Standards.
"We're taking our time and going easily and looking at what changes we need to make … for best practices," Kimm Mazaleski, an elementary science specialist working with the Frederick County Public Schools, told the news source. "We won't throw teachers into anything."