Standards and Policy

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Our grade level stratification work is based on state standards for K-12 content. In doing this work we have observed a number of problems and challenges with various state standards. In particular there are a number of common sources of confusion. Confusions in standards can be a serious problem for teachers.


In particular, see the following:

"Confusions in State Science Standards: An Introduction" by Bernadette Monahan, Jennifer Arey, Cristin Livingston and Heather Smelser; The Stem Education Center, March 2009.

"Extreme vagueness in Science Standards: a case study. Virginia standards for 6th grade and high school astronomy are almost identical." Working paper by David Wojick, Ph.D., The STEM Education Center, February 2009


Please view our recent comments on the Preliminary Public Draft Proposal on national standards "A Framework for Science Education"

Comments by David Wojick on the Draft NRC/NAS document "A Framework for Science Education"

Comments by Bernadette Monahan on the Draft NRC/NAS document "A Framework for Science Education"

  Our work is not limited to grade level stratification of state educational standards. This same tool used for state education standards along with issue analysis can be applied to other areas of literacy and education. Recently the Stem Education Center provided suggestions and comments for financial literacy and education to the United States Treasury Department on thier formulation of a national strategy for finanical literacy and education of the American people.