Understanding science offers personal fulfillment and excitement.
Citizens need scientific information and scientific ways of thinking in order to make informed decisions.
Business and industry need entry-level workers with the ability to learn, reason, think creatively, make decisions, and solve problems.
Strong science and mathematics education can help our nation and individual citizens improve and maintain their economic productivity.
Committees and working groups of scientists, teachers, and other educators appointed by the National Research Council developed the Standards. They engaged in a four-year process that involved review and critique by 22 science education and scientific organizations and broad state and local participation of over 18,000 individuals, including scientists, science educators, teachers, school administrators, and parents. The national consensus that resulted from this process gives the Standards a special credibility. Educators throughout the country who use them to inform changes in science education programs can be assured that the Standards represent the highest quality thinking this country can provide its citizens.