South Dakota was a lead state in reviewing the Next Generation Science Standards.
As a member of the committee that reviewed the NGSS and the state Science Standards Revision Committee I have an in-depth understanding of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the new South Dakota Science Standards.
Understanding the SD Science Standards
The SD Science Standards have shifted from being content focused to descriptions of performance expectations. The three dimensions – Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Disciplinary Core Ideas – are integrated into the performance expectations. The standards are based on scientific research, including research on the ways students learn science effectively. The standards are designed to reflect and build on learning progressions from elementary through middle and high school.
This program provides participants an opportunity to actively engage in discussions and activities that reflect A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants explore how to integrate these standards into their district, school and/or classroom.
- Understanding the NGSS framework on which the SD Standards were constructed
- Understanding the three dimensions
- – Science and Engineering (SEP)
- – Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI)
- – Crosscutting Concepts (CCC)
- Understanding the progression of the DCIs
- Understanding how to read the SD Science Standards
- Understanding phenomena and its role in teaching science
Comments from participants:
- I better understand the framework.
- Better understanding of the science standards.
- It was interactive.
- I was more informed about the performance expectations.
- I learned how to read the parts of the standards.
- I understand how the standards are set up.