Districts take stock of science standards implementation
Two Iowa districts, Bettendorf Community School District and Davenport Community Schools, are taking steps to improve their science education programs.
Partnering with Achieve, the education nonprofit that coordinated the development of the Next Generation Science Standards, and with funding from Arconic Foundation, the two Iowa districts are evaluating how far their implementation of the Iowa Science Standards has moved them toward their vision for science education.
As a first step, the districts will work with Achieve to determine their current state of science performance in key areas identified by the districts through an educator and school leader survey, classroom observations, and data analysis.
The districts will then use what they learned about their identified areas of strengths and growth to modify their district plans for science, including:
- Identifying what success looks like and how to measure it in areas such as professional learning, internal and external communications, instructional materials, assessments, general management, and collaboration;
- Identifying milestones and setting up a system to monitor progress and determine whether interventions and projects are on track; and
- Developing routines and mechanisms to adjust the science plan as additional data become available.
Achieve will also provide professional learning for the districts that focus on building educator capacity around high-quality instructional materials and classroom assessments that are designed to meet the Iowa Science Standards. These sessions will be tailored to the two districts based on what is learned in the initial audit.
For more information, contact Kris Kilibarda, science consultant, at (515) 322-7620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.