New Science Standards Emphasize Hands-On Learning

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In 2013, the California State Board of Education approved new science standards for K through 12 classes.

They’re called the Next Generation Science Standards and put a stronger emphasis on actually doing science rather than just memorizing facts.

It represents a huge shift for teachers and many schools have yet to make the transition.

They have until around 2017 at the earliest to do so, but a handful of districts are already giving the new standards a trial run and sharing what they learn with the rest of the state.

That’s what’s happening this year at Palm Springs Unified School District.

PSUSD and a few other select districts landed grants from the state and from the non-profit research and development agency WestEd to spend the next three years testing out and developing curriculum around NGSS.

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