The teacher survey on Georgia's current science standards closed June 16th with more than 9,000 responses from teachers across the state. Those survey results are now in the hands of a team of faculty from the University System of Georgia (USG) who are analyzing the results and developing guidance for the revision process. This is part of a revision timeline set by GaDOE. As the revision process moves along, GSTA continues to work to make sure our members and our position on Georgia's science standards are represented in the process. Here are some of the steps we have taken.
- We are maintaining regular communication with GaDOE, including Superintendent Woods' senior staff.
- We have nominated 26 GSTA leaders to serve on Working Committees, who will do the bulk of the work in translating the USG's recommendations into draft standards.
- We are connecting with the business community to keep them informed and engaged in the revision process and, specifically, to build their understanding of and support for three-dimensional learning in science. Businesses are very receptive to this, as they see the benefits of future employees with greater problem solving skills.
- We also continue to maintain contact with the State Board of Education, the Governor's office, and state legislators.
- And, of course, we continue to keep you informed of any developments in the process. Check back on this blog and in eObservations for regular updates.