The State of Science, Fordham Style
As Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and their assessments continue to dominate our thinking and our grousing, it is only natural that we are keyed in on math and reading performance. After all, that is what CCSS focuses on.
And while NCLB promised to bring student science scores up to 100% proficiency after it finished its work on reading and math, we never quite got to NCLB: Science Edition.
So it is refreshing to see a new report, released earlier this week from the Fordham Institute, that takes a deep dive into what the individual states are doing with regard to science. Its latest state-by-state comparison can be found at Exemplary Science Standards: How Does Your State Compare?
The report builds on Fordham's evaluation of next generation science standards, released back in June.
While an in-depth look of science standards is hardly the topic that wins big headlines or captures the media sizzle like t-val or high-stakes testing, it is an important subject that lies at the heart of meaningful student achievement. For all of the talk about critical thinking and the analytical skills that so many bemoan being lost in our current testing culture, science is where we can find it. So it is essential that our states are continuing to push their great science expectations so that students are knowledgeable and able on all things science.
And for those who just can't get enough of the CCSS, Fordham also offers up a document looking at how science standards align with CCSS-math. And thanks to Politico and its Morning Education platform for placing a spotlight on this important subject.