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Science Education


Advancing New Hampshire’s 21st Century Science Standards

K-12 teachers across New Hampshire have been working towards 21st century learning experiences for our students for many years now. On November 3rd, 2016 the NH State Board of Education adopted New Academic Standards for Science. The NH Career & College-Ready Science Standards, have been in place for most of our school districts as they sought better guidance for advancing student learning and autonomy in science. This guidance was provided by the Next Generation Science Standards which were developed through the input of many teachers across the US and from New Hampshire. They integrate high leverage content with scientific practices and cross-cutting concepts that nurture and challenge students with deepened opportunities for learning by thinking, designing and doing. This three-dimensional focus on learning science is a direct translation of the inquiry practices that science teachers at all levels have been advancing over the last decade.

The multi-dimensional learning expectations for science provide for strong conceptual learning of content along with the work study practices needed by critical thinkers and persistent problem solvers in almost any discipline. Public forums were held around the state to learn about the direction for our new K-12 NH Science Standards and more than 600 educators from every school district in NH informed the decisive work.

Science Learning Inventory

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The results of this survey pointed to strong implementations of the new science standards at the middle and high school levels and that the emphasis on science & engineering practices needs to be strengthened K-5.

Word Maps for Open-Ended Questions on Science Learning Survey Acrobat Reader

Please find below links to help you keep informed about the work continuing in science education. As we learn about other helpful resources we will try to use this page to help you navigate to those resources and please email me with any resources you have found helpful.

NH Career & College-Ready Science Standards (This page is currenlty being updated)

Although many districts are well under way towards the implementation of these standards, here are links to resources and some interesting literature that can assist you and your colleagues.

Science Assessments

Professional Standards Review

Many of NH Science Teachers' Credentialing Standards are up for review. Two meetings are scheduled in the first quarter of 2017 for the purpose of making recommendations to the NH Professional Standards Board. If you would like to participate in reviewing the standards for any of the certifications below please complete this form as soon as possible. We are seeking representation of teachers and administrators in all geographic regions and all grade levels (including K-5). Teams will be developed and acknowledged in early January, 2017. Click here to access the current standards

  • Ed 507.32 Chemistry Teacher For Grades 7-12
  • 507.33 Physics Teacher For Grades 7-12
  • Ed 507.31 Life Sciences Teacher For Grades 7-12
  • Ed 507.30 Earth space Science Teacher For Grades 7-12
  • Ed 507.29 Science Teacher; General Requirements
  • Ed 507.28 Middle Level Science Teacher For Grades 5-8.
  • Ed 507.251 Elementary Mathematics Specialist for Grades K-6 we will discuss if there should be a separate science micro-credential or should we recommend the consideration of a STEM micro-credential.

Science Education Programs as defined in the Minimum Standards for School Approval, Ed 306.45

Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

National Youth Science Camp

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Mathematics/Science Partnership Grants

Request for Proposals (RFP)

Resources

Barbara Hopkins
Director of Science Education
(603) 271-5252
Barbara.Hopkins@doe.nh.gov

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