Science

Science — and therefore science education — is central to the lives of all Americans, preparing them to be informed citizens in a democracy and knowledgeable consumers.

Students observing fishPlease note that although Rhode Island has adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects ("Literacy in the Content Areas"), and the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics, the Common Core State Standards do not cover science content and therefore do not replace the Rhode Island Science GSEs. 

The Science GSEs and the Science NECAP assessment will continue to be in effect. 

    Science Frameworks

  • Framework for K-12 Science Education
  • NSTA Readers’ Guide for the Framework [PDF]
  • FAQs about the Framework
  • A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas is a webinar released by the National Research Council in July 2011, which identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school. The framework will serve as the foundation for new K-12 science education standards, which are currently being developed by a group of 26 states coordinated by the nonprofit group Achieve. The framework is also designed to be used by curriculum and assessment developers, teacher educators, and others in K-12 science education.

    Viewing this archived webinar (originally airing on April 17th) would be an excellent preparatory step for educators and state team members in anticipation of review of the draft NGSS.

    Presenters:

    Thomas Keller, co-director of the project to develop the framework, and senior program officer, Board on Science Education, National Research Council

    Heidi Schweingruber, co-director of the project to develop the framework, and deputy director, Board on Science Education, National Research Council

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