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Sci. & Soc. Stud. standards get a hearing in Mich.

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Information sessions about new science and social studies learning standards are ongoing in Mich., with a few more planned for this week.

The eaten outpace the eaters in biomass pyramid

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Ecosystems have a carrying capacity, the maximum biomass each trophic level can support given finite resources. Here's the pattern.

IL in hot water over cancelled science tests

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IL's decision to abandon its current science test for students in 4th, 7th, and 11th grade has put the state in hot water with the feds.

IL cancels state-mandated science tests

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IL doesn't plan to give 4th, 7th, and 11th graders the state- and federally-mandated science test. Negotiations are ongoing, but this is interesting.

Wyo. scientists want NGSS reconsidered

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The Next Generation Science Standards have been adopted in 10 states so far. Some scientists would like to add Wyoming to the list.

Maryland State Board adopts new science standards

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Maryland adopted the Next Generation Science Standards today, and implementation, which has already begun, should be complete by the 2017-18 school year.

Some good trains of thought seen in NGSS

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Although some errors can still be found in the Next Generation Science Standards, they do deliver in terms of encouraging the development of critical thinking skills from K to 12.

Press release: MD a lead state on NGSS

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A Maryland scientist and member of the state board of education speaks about the Next Generation Science Standards, which were released to the public on Tuesday.

Page 74 of the NGSS (natural selection) is confusing

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As a scientist, a biologist by training, I'm wondering about a few assertions in the Next Generation Science Standards, which were released a few days ago.