Science Education in Nevada
The purpose of science education is to provide students with positive learning experiences enhanced over time by a deeper understanding of science content and the provision of tools students need in order to research, predict, hypothesize, investigate, analyze, conclude, and start the process all over. This is why we do science instead of sliding into rigid, unchanging roles in the education process. As science educators, we are all teachers, we are all learners and we are all scientists. And we educate with the understanding that the educational opportunities created by this process are available to our students. The goal: Our students research problems, predict outcomes, analyze results and make conclusions understanding this is only the beginning of the life-long learning process.
With this purpose in mind, the Nevada Department of Education and the Nevada Board of Education collaborated and adopted our current science standards. These science standards were crafted and adopted in order to help improve the academic achievement of Nevada’s students. Though these standards, students are to understand the following concepts established via our science achievement indicators:
- Grades K-2
- Grades 3-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9-12
Science Education in Nevada..MOVING FORWARD with the Next Generation Science Standards
The Next Generation Science Standards
(N.G.S.S.) were released on April 9, 2013. Your district team has the
opportunity to help decide how we move forward regarding the Nevada State
What are the Next Generations Science Standards?
The development of the Next Generation Science Standards
(N.G.S.S.) is a state-led process that follows a unified process regarding
vision, quality-control, adoption, and implementation. N.G.S.S. is not a
“national curriculum” and it is not funded by the U.S. Department of
Education. N.G.S.S. is built upon the science content and process skills
that were determined by a committee of 18 national scientists and science
The Next Generation Science Standards are designed to help
realize a vision for education in the sciences and engineering in which
(all) students, over multiple years of school, actively engage in science and
engineering practices and apply crosscutting concepts to deepen their
understanding of the core ideas in these fields.
The Next Generation
Science Standards (N.G.S.S.) are designed to bring greater coherence to the
science education that students receive across grades K-12. One aspect of this
coherence is the emphasis on deepening students' knowledge of core ideas
systematically over multiple grade levels. Another aspect of coherence is the
integration of a common set of practices and crosscutting concepts across the
disciplines of science and across all of the grades.
Next Step: Nevada State Science Standards Revision
school districts have the opportunity to help decide how we move forward.
Representatives from every Nevada school district had been invited to
participate in a Science Revision/Adoption Workgroup that is being
scheduled. Each district representative
will work within their science community to provide feedback that will be used
to determine next steps.
closely with your district leads as we continue to move forward in the science
standard revision process. Your district
implementation team has been asked to provide feedback to the attention of the
State Science Standards Revision Committee in the coming weeks before the
meeting taking place in June.
If you have
questions, please contact André DeLeón, K-12 Science Education Programs
Professional of the Nevada Department of Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (775) 687-9184.
For More information about the Next Generation Science Standards, please visit N.G.S.S. Website.