New Science Standards Prompt Local Control Debate

Tools

By Katie Stinson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials are considering whether to adopt model science standards for what's taught in the state, but critics say doing so would intrude on local school decisions.

The Des Moines Register reports Iowa was one of 26 states that helped develop the national guidelines for science classes called Next Generation Science Standards.

The guidelines emphasize in-depth instruction and hands-on experiments. Many experts say that's a good approach.

But some teachers worry about sacrificing the breadth of lessons.

Jill Jennings served on a state committee that reviewed the standards. She says she's concerned that these national guidelines take control over what's taught away from local school boards.

If the state adopts the Next Generation Science Standards, they would replace Iowa standards that have been in place since 2008.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.


read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG