Science Education in Wisconsin

Science Education in Wisconsin

The study of science allows Wisconsin students to experience richness and excitement of the natural world. As adults they will face complex questions requiring scientific thinking, reasoning, and the ability to make informed decisions. Scientific knowledge prepares students for the future and helps them acquire new knowledge and skills to hold meaningful and productive jobs. The standards recognize that science is for ALL students-- the essence of science literacy.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are now final!  To locate the NGSS website click here. The NGSS are rigorous and college or career ready standards, are standards for Wisconsin students, and offer specific middle level and high school course pathways for teachers, schools, and districts. To learn about these appendices and more, click here.

Background on the development process:

Step One: Getting the Science Right, The National Research Council (NRC), the staff arm of the National Academy of Sciences, began by developing the Framework for K–12 Science Education. The Framework was a critical first step because it is grounded in the most current research on science and science learning and identified the science all K-12 students should know. The NRC released the final Framework on July 19, 2011. Read more about the Framework online here.

Step Two: States Led the Development of Next Generation Science Standards, in a process managed by Achieve; states led the development of K–12 science standards. The result is the standards are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally-benchmarked science education. To find out more about the NGSS development click here.


Science Equivalency Resources and Links

Evolution Position Statement

In 1982 the department released a position statement on the teaching of evolution in the science classroom. The department has just updated that statement. A copy of the position statement, On the Nature of Science and the Teaching of Evolution, can be obtained at Evolution Position Statement.

Professional Associations

For questions about this information, contact Rebecca Vail (608) 266-2364
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