Proposed Arizona Education Standards Aim for ‘Deeper Learning’

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Arizona education officials are floating the first draft of a new set of science standards, and the public has until June 1 to comment.

The state is one of 26 leading a nationwide initiative aimed at improving science education by requiring a deeper understanding of key concepts, The Arizona Republic reported.

As part of the proposed Next Generation Science Standards, science and technology would be incorporated in all subjects.

“There are fewer concepts but deeper learning,” Janey Kaufmann, a member of the state committee that reviewed the standards, said. “Instead of learning something for a few weeks, that learning will occur over years, with more rigor at an earlier age.”

Kaufmann, head of the science curriculum in the Scottsdale school district, said conversations around the state and a lot of feedback went into the draft.

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