NUMBERING STANDARDS

Numbering the standards assists reviewers in communicating with one another and making written records. If the standards you are using are not numbered, like the National Science Education Standards below, adopt a numbering system similar to this example.

It is best to have reviewers write the numbers on their copies of the standards, instead of providing a separate list. Using only a list could encourage a shallow topical review.

SAMPLE FROM THE K-4 SCIENCE CONTENT OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS

A Science as Inquiry (see pp. 121-122)

1 Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry

  1. Ask a question about objects, organisms, and events in the environment. This aspect of the standard emphasizes students asking questions that they can answer with scientific knowledge, combined with their own observations. Students should answer their questions by seeking information from reliable sources of scientific information and from their own observations and investigations.

  2. Plan and conduct a simple investigation. In the earliest years, students may design and conduct simple experiments to answer questions. The idea of a fair test is possible for many students to consider by fourth grade.

  3. Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses. In early years, students develop simple skills, such as how to observe, measure, cut, connect, switch, turn on and off, pour, hold, tie, and hook. Begin-

This standard can be referred to as K-4/A1b.



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