June 14 | SI&A Cabinet Report

By Tom Chorneau

Plans in California to replace the state’s existing science curriculum standards with a new national set recently released for public review would be analogous to trading in a Cadillac for a Chevy, according to new analysis from the Fordham Institute.

The new national science standards come as part of an effort being led by the Obama administration to get schools throughout the nation teaching common content goals.

Hailed as one of the biggest advances in K-12 science curriculum in more than a decade, the Next Generation Science Standards were developed over the past two years by a consortium of states in a process similar to that which produced the common core standards in math and English language arts now being introduced into California schools.

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