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Commentary: State should adopt integrated model for middle school science

LA School Report | February 18, 2015

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Ed Source | By Trish Williams

K-8 science education in California has atrophied in many districts in California over the past 15 years. It wasn’t intentional – but time given to science took a back seat to more time given by districts to English language arts and math to avoid the high-stakes consequences of not meeting annual yearly progress as defined by the No Child Left Behind law. Science education was collateral damage.

Now California is taking steps to bring science back as a core subject in school curricula.

The first step was in September 2014 when the California State Board of Education adopted the Next Generation Standards (NGSS) as the state’s new science standards for K-12.

At its November 2013 meeting, in a unanimous vote, the Board adopted the NGSS Integrated Model as the “preferred model” for middle grades (6, 7 and 8) science instruction in California.

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