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Georgia Department of Education seeks stakeholder feedback on Science, Social Studies standards

13 Aug 2015 9:00 AM | Jeremy Peacock (Administrator)

After receiving feedback from K-12 educators and University System of Georgia faculty, GaDOE is now seeking input on the science standards from parents, professionals, community members, and current or recent K-12 students.  Please help us spread the word about this survey and educate stakeholders on changes we would like to see in our science standards.  Stakeholders will be asked to rate the standards on age-appropriateness, how well they define what students should know and be able to do, relevance to real-world application, rigor, and how well they prepare students for future opportunities.  We know that our current standards have limitations in many of these areas, and that students would benefit by making the following modifications to the standards.

  • A Framework for K-12 Science Education from the National Research Council should provide the foundation for any revisions to Georgia's current science standards.  This research-based framework delineates what students should know and be able to do across their K-12 science education, while leaving space for Georgia educators to address the particular needs of their students.  The Framework lays out three particular ideas that Georgia should incorporate into our revised science standards.
    • Georgia's standards should integrate the characteristics and processes of science with content standards.  Our current standards separate these components, and that separation contributes to a narrow focus on science facts at the expense of problem solving and critical thinking.  Standards that integrate science and engineering practices (e.g. designing investigations and analyzing data) and crosscutting concepts (i.e., big ideas like patterns) with core science content will help prepare our students not just to take a test at the end of the year but to apply their scientific knowledge to explain the natural world and solve real-world problems.
    • Student learning should build coherently from one grade to the next.  The Framework defines learning progressions for science content, practices, and crosscutting concepts.  These progressions should inform any revisions to Georgia's science standards.
    • The need for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professionals at all levels continues to increase in Georgia.  The Framework specifically integrates engineering and calls for the integration of mathematics and literacy into the science classroom.  Integrating these components into Georgia's revised science standards will truly prepare students to prosper in Georgia's increasingly technology-based economy.

Please encourage people in your network to complete the stakeholder survey and to consider reflecting these recommendations in their responses.  Stakeholders can learn more about the revision process and GSTA's recommendations here: http://bit.ly/GeorgiaNextGenScience.  Stakeholders can access the GaDOE survey here: http://bit.ly/DOEcommunitysurvey.  You can read GaDOE's press release below.

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Georgia Department of Education seeks feedback on Science, Social Studies standards

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358, mcardoza@gadoe.org

August 12, 2015 The Georgia Department of Education is seeking public feedback as it conducts a review of the Science and Social Studies K-12 standards. After this process is complete, the new standards will be implemented in the 2017-18 school year.

Click here to provide input on the current standards. This is a user-friendly, brief survey for professionals, parents and families, community members, students, and others.

“Educators have already given us valuable feedback on the current standards, and we wanted to make sure the public had a chance to weigh in as well,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “I’m committed to ensuring guaranteed, viable standards – standards that are appropriate and fully vetted. That can’t be done without input from all education stakeholders.”

Responses to this survey will be added to the educator responses and will be considered when Working Committees draft the revised standards.

The deadline to submit responses is September 15 at midnight EST.

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