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Kansas joins national science standard team

September 21, 2011


— Kansas is among 20 lead states chosen to help write science standards that could be used as a national model for public schools.

The state-led collaboration announced Tuesday was assembled by the National Research Council, part of the National Academy of Sciences, and a nonprofit education reform organization called Achieve.

States have used standards co-developed by the council in the past. The new effort attempts to coordinate what’s being taught in states to improve science education nationally.

The Kansas State Board of Education will have to consider adopting the new standards, which are used to determine the content and process students need for learning science.

Kansas drew national attention when conservatives on its education board pushed through testing standards skeptical of evolution in 2005. Those standards have since been changed.


gr 6 years, 7 months ago

Science by committee. Is that how it's done? Silly me thought it was done by observing, testing, experimenting, repeating. But, maybe it's done by consensus of belief.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 7 months ago

gr: Wrong place to snark. They are going to help develop the model for the state, and perhaps many others, based on the new national standards already partially developed by scientists and science teachers, not theocrats. We'll be ok this time. Give them a chance to do the work.

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