The Utah State Board of Education is asking for public review of the sixth to eighth grade Utah Science and Engineering Education (SEEd) standards for a period of 90 days.
The Utah SEEd standards are available online for the public to view and provide feedback using an online survey tool. The SEEd standards, as well as the link to the online review tool, are available at: www.schools.utah.gov/CURR/science/Revision.aspx.
The standards outline what is expected to be learned at each grade level. For instance, sixth-graders are expected to learn how energy affects the structure and behavior of matter and how energy and matter move in patterns that affect Earth’s weather and climate, among other things.
Under each of those standards are a list of performance expectations for the students. The standards do not list curriculum, and teachers/administrators are responsible for developing a curriculum that matches the standards.
In addition to the online review tool, there will be five public meetings conducted throughout the state, including one in North Logan, for the purpose of discussions the standards.
At the end of the 90-day review period, which occurs July 9, revisions based on feedback will be made, and the standards will be presented to the Utah State Board of Education for final adoption. If the final draft is approved, the standards will be fully implemented throughout the state’s sixth- through eighth-grade science classes starting in the 2017-18 school year.
For more information, visit schools.utah.gov.