The Michigan Science Standards (MSS), adopted in November 2015, represent a significant change in science teaching and learning as it requires a three-dimensional approach weaving together the disciplinary core ideas (content), with the cross cutting concepts, and science and engineering practices. There is an increased focus on students’ abilities to deeply understand key scientific concepts and apply those to life. Equity and opportunity were key considerations in the development of the MSS and a Framework for K-12 Science Education. Ensuring every student has the opportunity to deeply understand key scientific concepts and connect that learning to a world beyond their school is a priority. Providing courses and course sequences that align with standards ensures an equal opportunity for all students to learn. The MSS are built on the foundation of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards, which are both rooted in providing greater access and equity for all students.
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Curriculum Specialist for Elementary Instruction