Policy Documents

Commentary & Feedback on Draft II of the Next Generation Science Standards

January 29, 2013

Scientists, mathematicians, and curriculum experts reviewing the second Common Core draft science standards conclude they are vague, omit large sections of crucial content, and emphasize failed progressive pedagogy over the actual science knowledge students need. The authors give examples of the many crucial omissions, such as acids and bases in chemistry. They believe the standards would burden and confuse teachers rather than providing a useful, clear framework for teaching what students should learn in science classes. In short, the standards confusingly expand useless ways of attempting to learn science and compress the actual knowledge essential for student success, the authors conclude.