March 14, 2023
The content in SMART’s educational program is assesed based on various educational standards. The goal of standards is to ensure that key areas of education are not missed and that all students have an equal opportunity for a balanced and complete education.
Two of the most important standards for STEM education in the United States are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The CCSS provide a set of clear and consistent learning goals for English Language Arts and Mathematics, while the NGSS provide a framework for science education that emphasizes inquiry, problem-solving, and real-world applications. Together, these standards provide a foundation for high-quality, rigorous education in the United States, and they are widely used by educators and schools across the country. Other important standards for education in the US include the National Standards for Arts Education and the College and Career Readiness Standards, which provide guidance for instruction in the arts and for preparing students for success after graduation, respectively. By aligning instruction with these standards, educators can help ensure that their students are prepared for success in college, career, and life.
Next Gen Science Standards
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a set of learning goals for science education that were developed through a collaborative process involving educators, scientists, and experts in science education. The NGSS provide a framework for science instruction that emphasizes inquiry, problem-solving, and real-world applications, and they are organized around three dimensions: scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. By using the NGSS, teachers and schools can ensure that their science instruction is engaging, relevant, and aligned with the expectations for success in college, career, and life.
Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of learning goals for English Language Arts and Mathematics that were developed by education experts from across the United States. The CCSS provide a clear and consistent framework for what students are expected to learn and know at each grade level, from kindergarten through 12th grade. By using the CCSS, teachers and schools can ensure that their instruction is rigorous, focused, and aligned with the expectations for college and career readiness.
This list is not a fully complete analysis of all the standards, but these “I can” statements can help teachers create lessons and self-assessments that will empower their students to succeed in skill development and understanding.
Earth and Space Science
By using these “I can” statements, students can better understand the NGSS standards for Life, Earth and Space, and Physical Sciences and see how they relate to their own learning and development. Teachers can also use these statements to guide instruction and assessment, and to help students track their progress towards meeting the NGSS standards.
The common core standards consist of over 1,000 different learning goals for students in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The standards are designed to be rigorous, research-based, and aligned with the expectations for college and career readiness. The CCSS emphasize critical thinking, problem-solving, and the ability to apply knowledge in real-world situations. In English Language Arts, the standards focus on reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills, while in Mathematics, they emphasize mathematical practices like modeling and using tools strategically, as well as core concepts like algebra, geometry, and statistics. The CCSS have been adopted by 42 states and the District of Columbia, and they have been widely implemented in classrooms across the country. While there has been some controversy surrounding the CCSS, supporters argue that they provide a clear and consistent framework for education that helps to ensure that all students are prepared for success after graduation.