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C O N S E N S U S S T U DY R E P O R T Call to Action for Science Education BUILDING OPPORTUNITY FOR THE FUTURE
Call to Action for Science Education BUILDING OPPORTUNITY FOR THE FUTURE Committee on the Call to Action for Science Education Board on Science Education Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Margaret Honey, Heidi Schweingruber, Kerry Brenner, and Phil Gonring, Editors A Consensus Study Report of The National Academies Press Washington, D.C. www.nap.edu
COMMITTEE ON CALL TO ACTION FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION Margaret A. Honey (Chair), President and CEO, New York Hall of Science, NY Rush D. Holt, CEO Emeritus, American Association for the Advancement of Science, NY Nancy Hopkins-Evans, Senior Director of State Partnerships, Instruction Partners, PA Tiffany Neill, Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Oklahoma State Department of Education Stephen L. Pruitt, President, Southern Regional Education Board, GA Francisco Rodriguez, Chancellor, LA Community College District, CA Susan R. Singer, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Rollins College, FL Felicia C. Smith, Senior Director of Global Delivery, National Geographic Society, KY William F. Tate IV, President, Louisiana State University Claudio Vargas, Educational Consultant, Sci-Lingual Education, CA Kerry Brenner, Study Director Elizabeth Sumerlin, Senior Project Assistant Heidi Schweingruber, Board Director
C A L L T O A C T I O N F O R S C I E N C E E D U C AT I O N Dedication We dedicate this report to the memory of Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, who died on April 15, 2021. This project was one of the last funded by Dr. Gregorian, and we offer this report in honor of his decades of work in science education. This project would not have become a reality without his leadership. He leaves a lasting legacy that will impact generations to come. 4
C A L L T O A C T I O N F O R S C I E N C E E D U C AT I O N Scientific thinking and understanding are essential for all people navigating the world, not just for scientists and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals. 5
C A L L T O A C T I O N F O R S C I E N C E E D U C AT I O N Contents Summary 7 Introduction 11 Why Better, More Equitable Science Education Should Be a National Priority 14 A Vision for Better, More Equitable Science Education 20 How Far Are We from This Vision for All Students? 27 How Do We Get There? 36 Recommendations 46 How Can We Learn from These Efforts? 50 In Conclusion 51 References 52 For Further Reading 58 Committee Member Biosketches 65 Acknowledgments 71 6