Essay about The Curriculum For International Student Assessment

1080 Words Dec 27th, 2015 5 Pages
American teens scored below the international average in math and roughly average in science, compared against dozens of countries that participated in the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). American Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the PISA findings a "picture of educational stagnation." Science educators at three schools transitioning from old science standards to the NGSS were interviewed to gain a clearer picture of the state of science education. Interviewees included a middle school teacher who teaches all science courses, an independent charter high school teacher who oversees learning in HS Earth Science, and a traditional high school biology teacher who serves on a staff committee for NGSS integration. Observations made by three science educators at three distinctly different school models demonstrate how the adoption of NGSS is hindered with complex obstacles such as lack of training and resources, and simultaneously shed light on new innovation that will hopefully raise the level of complexity and real world integration of Science education to a higher level.

Teachers from various school models are overwhelmed by the complexity of the pedagogical changes key to the integration of the NGSS. The middle school science teacher currently does all of the Science instruction for 6th through 8th grade. He is enthusiastic about NGSS, but unsure how to plan every day for multiple science lessons to include data analysis and real world…

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