On 6 August 2015, the Iowa State Board of Education adopted a new set of Iowa Core Science Standards. These standards are the Performance Expectations of the national Next Generation Science Standards. They are grade specific for grades K-8 and are clustered for grades 9-12. View the Iowa Core Science Standards here.
Students benefit when we simultaneously target standards from several disciplines. Read and learn about the Iowa Core Literacy, Mathematics, Social Studies, and 21st Century Skills Standards.
ICEC is supporting an effort to align and enhance programs of naturalists and other non-formal educators so they will directly support the new grade specific standards. Last summer (2016), groups of naturalists, teachers, and Area Education Agency (AEA) science consultants collaborated to develop examples of this work. This work was shared at Spreading our Wings with Science Standards, our ICEC 2017 winter workshop, and will soon be available online.