Comments Sought on How to Teach Science in U.S. Schools

A panel of the U.S. National Academies today released its initial description of what U.S. elementary and high school students should learn in science. The goal of the conceptual framework for science education standards (pdf of draft) is to "identify and articulate the core ideas in science in the disciplines of life sciences, physical sciences, earth and space sciences, and engineering and technology, cross cutting ideas and scientific practices."

The academies' Board on Science Education is seeking public comment on the draft framework through 2 August. The final document, to be released in early 2011, is expected to help local and state education agencies draw up their own standards for K–12 science education.