Next Generation Science Standards Are Up for Public Comment

We have a very brief window to weigh in on the Next Generation Science Standards (Common Core).  The second draft is up online and you can give feedback until January 29thIowa is one of the lead states in this initiative.

Just to note  Iowa Department of Education has signed off on this with great fanfare.  They have legal authority to align the Iowa Core to “recognized national or international standards.”  The Iowa Legislature did not direct them to become involved like this and frankly their involvement is stretching the language in the law.  How can standards that have not been finalized and field-tested be seriously considered “recognized.”

Linguistic gymnastics if you ask me.  Anyway, give them a looksee and leave a comment.

Regardless of how good they may or may not be the process is wrong.  That’s something I wished educrats could understand.  The ends don’t always justify the means.

About Shane Vander Hart

Shane Vander Hart founded Iowans for Local Control in 2012 which later merged with Iowa RestorEd. Shane also is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts and the founder and president of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +.


  1. The best thing to do is compare them to the Core Knowledge scope and sequence. You can read them online because they give it away for free. All academic and quality.

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