Approval for New Science Standards
On April 10, the Arkansas State Board of Education endorsed the use of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for the next stage in developing a new K-12 Science Curriculum for Arkansas schools. The Arkansas Department of Education can now continue the process of developing an appropriate implementation plan and suitable middle school and high school pathways for science instruction.
This work will obviously take some time, and we are reminded that the current Arkansas Science Curriculum Frameworks and the Science Benchmark and EOC Biology assessments remain in place for 2014-15 and beyond.
For 2014-15, TLI will continue to offer alignment and assessments based on the current Arkansas Frameworks to help teachers best prepare students for the Science Benchmarks in grades 5 and 7 and the Biology EOC. In addition, to aid teachers in a smooth transition to a new set of Science Frameworks based on the NGSS, TLI will provide guidance on integrating the Scientific and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, as well as essential Math and Literacy skills into science instruction. More information can be found on the Science Curriculum Elementary (K-5), Middle (6-8), and Secondary (9-12) pages.