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Science supervisors to use the Standards to implement new, long-range plans for improving science education at the state and local levels;
Science educators to change programs in colleges and universities and develop exemplary materials based on the Standards;
School administrators to focus attention on the need for materials, equipment, and staff development aligned with the Standards;
Those who work in museums, zoos, and science centers to use the Standards as an opportunity to collaborate in providing rich science learning experiences for students;
Parents and community members to use the Standards to contribute to their children's science education and generate support for higher-quality school science programs;
Scientists and engineers to use the Standards to work with school personnel to initiate and sustain the improvement of school science programs;
Business and industry to use the Standards to help schools and science teachers with guidance and resources for developing high-quality programs; and
Legislators and public officials to strive for policies and funding priorities aligned with the National Science Education Standards.
The challenge is large, significant, and achievable. It also is too much to place on the shoulders of any one group. Achieving the high standards outlined for science education requires the combined and continued support of all Americans.
Marking the culmination of a three-year, multiphase process, on April 10th, 2013, a 26-state consortium released the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a detailed description of the key scientific ideas and practices that all students should learn by the time they graduate from high school.