National and State Standards
Education standards are the foundation for your science curriculum. National standards inform state standards, which, in turn, inform local district standards. This section provides direct links to national and State of Texas educational standards that may be useful to your elementary science lesson planning and teaching strategies.
A Framework for K-12 Science Education
The National Academies Press, www.nap.edu
Science, engineering, and technology permeate nearly every facet of modern life and hold the key to solving many of humanity's most pressing current and future challenges. The United States' position in the global economy is declining, in part because U.S. workers lack fundamental knowledge in these fields. To address the critical issues of U.S. competitiveness and to better prepare the workforce, A Framework for K–12 Science Education proposes a new approach to K–12 science education that will capture students' interest and provide them with the necessary foundational knowledge in the field. Options: Download the free PDF, read online, or purchase the paperback or Ebook.
Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States
The National Academies Press, http://nextgenscience.org/
Next Generation Science Standards identifies the science all K–12 students should know. These new standards are based on the National Research Council's A Framework for K–12 Science Education. The National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve have partnered to create standards through a collaborative state-led process. The standards are rich in content and practice and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. Options: Download the free PDF, read online, or purchase the paperback or Ebook.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
Texas Education Agency, https://tea.texas.gov/curriculum/teks/
The Texas Education Agency administers the laws and rules that govern education in the state. This page provides information on existing laws and rules, the process by which rules are adopted, and the enforcement of those rules. Links are provided to each subject area. Note: Section 112 contains Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science. Links to free downloadable PDF versions of the files are provided at the bottom of the page.