Cyclical Review of Science Standards
December 2011 the EOC began the cyclical review of the science academic
standards. First, the EOC appointed a seven-member national panel of experts to
review the current standards and make
recommendations for their improvement. The EOC then contacted all school
districts and instructional leaders in the state as well as EOC members for
nominations to the two panels – one composed of composed of teachers of
students with limited English proficiency and students with disabilities and
another composed of parents, business and industry officials, and community
leaders to review the standards. Over 165 names were provided to the EOC.
Report on the Review of the South Carolina Science Academic Standards:
On June 11, 2012 EOC adopted a report with recommendations for modifying the 2005 South Carolina Science Academic Standards. These recommendations were compiled under the advisement of three review teams: a national review team of science educators who have worked with or other state organizations; a parent, business, and community leader's team drawn from various geographical areas in South Carolina; and a team of educators and parents of students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency.
Membership of Review Panels
Existing Science Standards
South Carolina Science Academic Standards (November 2005)
Panel Meetings and Materials
panel of teachers of students with limited English proficiency and students
with disabilities met on March 26, 2012. The panel of parents, business and
industry officials, and community leaders met on March 30, 2012.
A Framework for K-12 Science Education
July of 2010 the National Research Council presented a new framework for K-12
science education that identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all
students should learn by the end of high school. The new framework is designed to help student
deepen their knowledge of science over multiple years.