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Frontiers promotes the effective implementation of state and national standards for K-12 content and pedagogy -- especially inquiry-based teaching, equity strategies, and technology use -- by middle and high school science teachers.

In the Resources section below, you will find links to the following websites and resources that currently guide standards-based education:

  • National Science Education Standards (1996 edition)
  • Conceptual Framework for the New Science Education Standards (2011).
  • Inquiry and the NSES (2000).
  • Links to state standards for each state.
  • Link to the U.S. Department of Education “No Child Left Behind” website.

National Science Education Standards (NSES)

The 1996 NSES outline “what students need to know, understand, and be able to do to be scientifically literate at different grade levels.”

Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards

This document outlines a broad set of expectations for students in science and engineering in grades K-12. That will guide the development of new standards for K-12 science education.

Inquiry and the NSES

This book is a practical guide to teaching inquiry and teaching through inquiry, as recommended by the National Science Education Standards.

State Science Standards

A list of websites to science standards listed by state compiled by Education World.

No Child Left Behind

U.S. Department of Education website with updates on No Child Left Behind Act.