Changes Proposed for State Science Standards
Committee proposes adapting the Next Generation Science Standards for Colorado
DENVER – At its first regular meeting of the year, the Colorado State Board of Education reviewed the initial proposed revisions to the academic standards in reading, writing, and communicating; music; social studies and science.
State law requires the Colorado Academic Standards to be reviewed and revised every six years, beginning with the current review due by July 2018. The process of reviewing and revising the standards has been underway for more than a year, with committees, surveys, and online feedback opportunities all designed to closely examine the grade-by-grade expectations in 10 content areas and English language proficiency. In addition, new voluntary high school computer science standards are also being developed.
While most of the proposed revisions to the content standards are minor in nature, the committee reviewing the science standards is proposing a more substantial revision. Based on feedback from teachers received through surveys and focus groups, the committee recommends adapting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for use in Colorado.
CDE staff proposed a schedule for approving the revised standards. The approval process includes time for the board to provide feedback to the initial recommendations from the standards committees and time to consider the committees’ final recommendations beginning in March before votes are taken before July 2018.