Melissa Hesner, a science consultant with Area Education Agency 267, has been chosen to serve on a task force that will review the Next Generation Science Standards. The 28 member task force will make a recommendation to the Iowa Department of Education about whether the science standards should be adopted as part of the Iowa Core, the statewide academic standards in science, math, English, language arts and social studies.
Iowa Department of Education Interim Director D.T. Magee said, “Iowa played a key role in the development of these standards and now it’s time to vet them and determine whether they should move forward in schools across the state.”
The task force met for the first time on August 21, and will meet again Sept. 18 and Oct. 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, in Des Moines. The meetings are open to the public.
To read the Next Generation Science Standards, visit http://www.nextgenscience.org/.