Waukee Science Update
Last fall, the Iowa Department of Education, along with a team of facilitators, began a process for examining science standards for Iowa. The review team, made up of science educators and professionals, convened to carry out this work. After viewing, studying, and discussing numerous sets of state science standards from across the nation, the team voted to gather public feedback on the Next Generation Science Standards. These are a set of learning expectations in science for students in kindergarten through high school. They were developed by 26 states, including Iowa. All states can consider adopting them and adapting them to meet their needs.
The state would like to collect feedback on a preliminary proposal to update Iowa’s Science Standards. The survey consists of 7 questions around the use of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Waukee science teachers are familiar with these standards and use many of them in helping to articulate and implement our current Iowa Core Science Standards. NGSS combines engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas to add more depth, relevance and hands-on learning experiences for students.
In addition, the middle school standards are presented within a 6-8 grade band that provides teachers flexibility when articulating the curriculum at the local level. If you decide to answer the survey, please note question #6 addresses the grade bands. Waukee supports leaving the standards in grade bands.
The survey, which is open through February 27, can be found by clicking here.
Responses will be used to provide guidance to the review team, which is expected to submit a final recommendation regarding science standards to the State Board of Education later this year.
The revisions to Waukee’s Standards, Benchmarks & Objectives for Science will be located on the district website and will be available to view prior to the fall of the 2015-16 school year. Thank you for your time and ongoing support for student learning in Waukee!