Education Standards

To be effective, formal and informal learning programs should address educational standards.  Along with national and state standards, there are other organizations who have produced highly respected standards.  This page is organized by the source recommending or using the standards.

Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE)

NAS

The National Academies of Science perform an unparalleled public service by bringing together committees of experts in all areas of scientific and technological endeavor. These experts serve pro bono to address critical national issues and give advice to the federal government and the public.

Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards

Download the Preliminary Framework here: Standards_Framework_Preliminary_Public_Draft

VASTS

The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, Virginia. Students selected to participate in the program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists.

All VASTS modules are aligned to the following standards for students in grades 9-12.

 

NAEP

The following is from the NAEP web site: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/techliteracy/

NAEP Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment

The first-ever NAEP Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment (TELA) is currently under development. The assessment is intended to measure what students know about technology and engineering.

The initial assessment, planned for 2014, will be a probe—a smaller-scale, focused assessment on a timely topic that explores a particular question or issue. The initial assessment is likely to be limited to particular grades.

The assessment is based on the NAEP Technology and Engineering Literacy Framework (3,062K PDF. As with all NAEP frameworks, the technology literacy framework was developed under the guidance of the National Assessment Governing Board. The NAEP frameworks provide the theoretical basis for the assessments and describe the types of questions that should be included and how they should be designed and scored.

According to the framework, students will be assessed in three major areas of technology and engineering literacy:

  • Technology and Society involves the effects that technology has on society and on the natural world and the ethical questions that arise from those effects.
  • Design and Systems covers the nature of technology, the engineering design process by which technologies are developed, and basic principles of dealing with everyday technologies, including maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Information and Communication Technology includes computers and software learning tools, networking systems and protocols, hand-held digital devices, and other technologies for accessing, creating, and communicating information and for facilitating creative expression.

In all three areas of technology and engineering literacy, students are expected to be able to apply particular ways of thinking and reasoning when approaching a problem. These types of thinking and reasoning are referred to as “practices.”

The framework specifies three kinds of practices that students are expected to demonstrate when responding to test questions:

  • Understanding Technological Principles focuses on how well students are able to make use of their knowledge about technology.
  • Developing Solutions and Achieving Goals refers to students’ systematic use of technological knowledge, tools, and skills to solve problems and achieve goals presented in realistic contexts.
  • Communicating and Collaborating concerns how well students are able to use contemporary technologies to communicate for a variety of purposes and in a variety of ways, working individually or in teams, with peers and experts.

The assessment will be completely computer-based. Although many items will be standard multiple-choice questions, other items will be more complex and will allow students to manipulate components of the systems and models that are presented to them.

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