Dana Center's Vanessa Westbrook part of team developing Next Generation Science Standards

Posted on May 4, 2011

The release of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics and English language arts makes the need for new science standards paramount. The fact that science standards in the United States have not received a comprehensive review in 15 years—in which time society, science, and science education have changed significantly—makes the need for new science standards even more urgent.

To meet this need, Achieve, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Research Council (the education research arm of the National Academy of Sciences) are collaborating to develop the Next Generation Science Standards.

Vanessa Westbrook, science team lead at the Dana Center, is part of the 30-member writing team charged with creating draft standards.

Visit Achieve's website for more information about the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. To read Achieve's "Science Standards Fact Sheet," click on the first link under the "Related Content" tab.