The Florida Association of Science Supervisors fully supports research-based practices that will improve science education for all Florida students. The vehicle for ensuring our students are prepared for the changing technological world is the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards which includes the most current research-based practices including: scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts and learning progressions for K-12.
The Florida Department of Education recognizes the need for globally competitive students. The current strategic plan for 2012-2018 includes goals to increase student participation in accelerated courses, expand STEM-related educational opportunities in high-demand areas and improve college readiness. Florida science standards need to reflect the most current research so that they can be the vehicle to achieve these goals.
I was told that the Florida Department of Education will announce a public review period of the standards, which is supposed to start today and run through June 30.
However, I haven’t seen that officially announced yet, at least not on the DoE website. UPDATE: Here is a link to a memo addressed to school superintendents (pdf document) about the standards.
UPDATE II: Here is where the public can review the standards in association with Florida’s potential adoption.
We need to be vigilant, folks!