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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

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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. Knowledge of science and the practice of scientific thinking are essential components of a fully functioning democracy. Science is also crucial for the future STEM workforce and the pursuit of living wage jobs. Yet, science education is not the national priority it needs to be, and states and local communities are not yet delivering high quality, rigorous learning experiences in equal measure to all students from elementary school through higher education.

Call to Action for Science Education: Building Opportunity for the Future articulates a vision for high quality science education, describes the gaps in opportunity that currently exist for many students, and outlines key priorities that need to be addressed in order to advance better, more equitable science education across grades K-16. This report makes recommendations for state and federal policy makers on ways to support equitable, productive pathways for all students to thrive and have opportunities to pursue careers that build on scientific skills and concepts. Call to Action for Science Education challenges the policy-making community at state and federal levels to acknowledge the importance of science, make science education a core national priority, and empower and give local communities the resources they must have to deliver a better, more equitable science education.

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