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Proposed national science standards no better than Florida's current set, group says



Florida Citizens for Science lately have promoted adoption of the national Next Generation Science Standards in place of Florida's existing standards. The hope has been that the NGSS would get positive feedback in the state's call for input, which ends later this month.

The Fordham Institute's newly released review of the NGSS, however, has created some pause in the movement. The think tank, which has given Florida's existing standards only mediocre reviews, deemed the national effort no better: It gave both C grades.

"By our lights the NGSS are inferior to the science standards of an almost equal number of states, and qualitatively on par with the expectations of a number of others," the organization wrote.

Florida Citizens vice president Jonathan Smith told the Gradebook via e-mail that the Fordham's review is "not good" for the promotion of the NGSS in Florida, where the State Board of Education has not taken steps to adopt it. Fordham recommended against state adoption of the science standards until they have better come to grips with the Common Core in English/reading and math.

"How long will this take, how many generations of students will we need to lose to science and technology for the sake of the Common Core?" Smith wondered.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 13, 2013 3:43pm]


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