Standards in Science and Technology Education

 National Science Education Standards

The National Science Education Standards
National Research Council

This project, and its resulting publication, was directed and approved by the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. Major funding was provided by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.

"The National Science Education Standards present a vision of a scientifically literate populace.The intent of the Standards can be expressed in a single phrase: Science standards for all students. The phrase embodies both excellence and equity. The Standards apply to all students, regardless of age, gender, cultural or ethnic background, disabilities, aspirations or interest, and motivation in science. Different students will achieve understanding in different ways, and different students will achieve different degrees of depth and breadth of understanding depending on interest, ability, and context. But all students can develop the knowledge and skills described in the Standards, even as some students go well beyond these levels." (pg. 2)

Essential terms and principles are defined by this publication:


Reprinted by permission from National Science Education Standards. Copyright (c) 1996 by the National Academy of Sciences. Courtesy of the National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.

Standards in Science Education