The 2012-13 school year presents many changes for teachers and students. This year, North Carolina is implementing new Common Core State Standards in mathematics and Essential Standards in science.
Students in grades 5 and 8 will take the state administered Science End-of-Grade assessment. Students enrolled in Biology, will take the NC End-of-Course assessment for biology. A new evaluation model for teachers and leaders incorporate student growth for the first time beginning this year. The Measures of Student Learning will serve as a means for districts to measure student growth in areas not currently assessed with the state administered End-of Grade and End-of-Course assessments.
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North Carolina is actively participating in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. At this time, the Next Generation Science Standards are still in the review and revision process, with at least one more round of public feedback and revisions. NCDPI C&I science staff continues to participate actively in the review process. Stakeholders may stay informed about the review process by accessing the NGSS website: http://www.nextgenscience.org/
NC DPI will continue to develop curriculum and instructional resources aligned to the NC Essential Standards in Science until an official timeline for implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) has been established by the State Board of Education. In general, NC's implementation of new standards occurs about 18 months after adoption, allowing time for NC DPI to develop instructional resources, provide professional development, and develop any assessments required by federal ESEA regulations.
In the meantime, NCDPI C&I science staff will continue to develop resources for the NC Essential Standards and pass on information regarding the development of the NGSS as it is made available. Information is currently posted on the science wiki space: http://scnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/
July was a busy month. This year's Summer Congress was held in Albuquerque, and the 2013 Charlotte conference planning meeting was held in July in Arlington. After much collaboration, these strands were decided:
• Engineering: Promoting the "E" in STEM
• Merging Literacy into Science Instruction
• Accelerating the Skills of Digital Learners
The deadline to submit a proposal to present for the NSTA area conference in Charlotte is January 15, 2013; the conference will be held November 7-9. The NCSTA and NCSLA meetings will be held at the area conference, so mark your calendars and plan to attend these events. The last time NSTA came to Charlotte there was a great turn out. I hope you plan to attend to network with new people and old friends. Presenting at a national conference also looks good on a résumé – please keep those proposals coming!
Join us in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 for the annual NSELA Professional Development Institute. There will be a morning introductory session focused on the connections between formative assessment and the NGSS core ideas, crosscutting concepts, scientific practices, and engineering design. In the afternoon, break out sessions will highlight relevant topics of argumentation; claims, evidence, and reasoning; leadership and NGSS; and modeling.
Don't miss the NSELA Science Leadership Institute in historic Williamsburg, VA, June 25-28, 2013. The focus will be on the newly released NGSS and roles leaders can play in implementing these new standards. Mark you calendars and look for more info to come soon!