Nebraska’s Science Education Standards Get a Refresh: Public Input Needed to Shape the Future of Science Education in the State

1340 KGFW: NDE Seeks Public Input on Draft College and Career Ready Science Standards

Nebraska Department of Education recently released the initial draft of proposed revisions to Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Science. These standards for reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies must be updated every seven years as per state law. The current science standards were approved in 2017, covering the science requirements outlined in the law.

The framework for science education in Nebraska is established by the State Board of Education once the standards are approved. Nebraska educators from various educational levels, including pre-kindergarten to postsecondary, as well as both public and non-public schools, were involved in developing the initial draft of the proposed science standards. The approval process for these standards is expected to be completed in the fall of 2024.

Content area standards in Nebraska outline the knowledge and skills that students should acquire in a specific subject area. These standards offer guidance to teachers as they design educational experiences that align with student learning needs. It’s important to note that standards do not dictate specific curriculum, teaching methods, or activities; those decisions are made locally by school districts and individual teachers.

Members of the public are encouraged to review the proposed draft of the science standards and provide input. Feedback can be submitted through a public input survey and via email to the designated address for science standards input (nde.sciencestandardsinput@nebraska.gov). Your input is valuable in shaping the future of science education in Nebraska, so make sure to share your thoughts and insights on the proposed standards.

It’s worth noting that content area standards serve as benchmarks for student learning outcomes within a specific subject area

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