The OAL ACT submitted comments on the draft framework and standards for the nation-wide Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to ACHIEVE, the organization managing the revision process. California, Oregon and Washington were among the 26 lead states officially selected to assist in the development of the NGSS. The NGSS were finalized in April 2013.
Our comments were in support of the Centers for Ocean Sciences Excellence (COSEE)/National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Critical Stakeholder Group. These comments were aimed at including accurate information about ocean ecosystems and marine phyla in K-12 science education standards, with an eye towards achieving the critical goal of advancing ocean literacy and promoting accurate and relevant science education. The final standards include some references to ocean science; an ocean literacy guide from the Ocean Literacy Network links more comprehensive ocean concepts to the NGSS. It can be downloaded at http://oceanliteracy.wp2.coexploration.org/april-28-2013-updated-guide-to-ocean-literacy-now-available/.
Next Generation Science Standards: http://www.nextgenscience.org/