WASHINGTON, D.C. — Michigan is one of 20 states that will help craft new national standards for what students should learn and be able to do in science from kindergarten through high school, according to an online report at Education Week.

The states will develop what are called the Next Generation Science Standards, building on a baseline already developed by the National Research Council, according to a report in Education Week. The work is expected to be completed in 2012; the report did not detail what each state will do.

The baseline is built around three core areas: scientific and engineering practices; “cross-cutting concepts” that unify the study of science and engineering; and core ideas in physical, life, earth and space sciences, plus engineering, technology and science applications, Education Week reported.

The process will be overseen by Achieve, a Washington-based nonprofit organization, according to Education Week.


Education Week, “Twenty States Named to Help Craft New Science Standards,” Sept. 20, 2011


Michigan Education Digest, “Michigan Adopts National Standards,” June 22, 2010