01.2 K-12 Assessment & Science

An understanding of science and scientific methods is a requirement for the workforce of the 21st Century as well as for informed citizenship. Further, it is well documented that assessment influences what is taught, both in terms of hours spent and in the nature of classroom activity. Science should be included in any mandated program of K-12 testing or assessment.

Any K-12 testing or assessment should be designed so that it not only encourages time spent on science but also motivates teaching methods that recognize that science is more than a body of facts. Students should also learn the methods of observation and experimentation and the modes of thinking that are used to discover and test scientific knowledge.

Revision approved by Council on November 10, 2021 
Adopted by the Council on April 27, 2001
Category: Education

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