Never before has our world been so complex and scientific literacy is critical to making sense of it all. Science is also at the heart of America's ability to continue innovating, leading, and creating jobs for the future. That's why all students should have access to a high-quality K-12 science education.
Through a collaborative, state-led process, new K-12 science standards have been developed that are rich in both content and practice, and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.
Goals for Science Education
To promote scientific literacy, science education will…
encourage students at all grades to develop a critical sense of wonder and curiosity about scientific and technological endeavors.
enable students to use science and technology to acquire new knowledge and solve problems, so that they may improve the quality of their own lives and the lives of others.
prepare students to critically address science-related economic, ethical and environmental issues.
provide students with a proficiency in science that creates opportunities for them to pursue progressively higher levels of study, prepares them for science-related occupations, and engages them in science-related activities appropriate to their interests and abilities.