Usually, a committee of teachers, scientists, parents, and other stakeholders will be convened to write and review the standards.In many states, a period of public input is welcomed.There are four Disciplinary Core Ideas under the Life sciences; one of them is “Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity” (National Research Council Biological evolution explains both the unity and the diversity of species and provides a unifying principle for the history and diversity of life on Earth.
There are number of strong reasons to have a classroom curriculum based on standards. Teachers are trained in their district, using state or national standards as a common reference tool.
Without standards, it would be difficult for a teacher to assess student understanding of his/her students when compared to other students.
The NRC put together a committee of 18 practicing scientists, Nobel laureates, cognitive scientists, science education researchers, and science education standards experts.
The NRC also used design teams of scientists and education specialists in the fields of physical science, life science, earth/space science, and engineering to develop the , they used the extensive research found in the fields of science teaching and learning and almost two decades of efforts to define the most foundational knowledge and skills for K-12 science and engineering.
In addition, as of the conducting of this review, September 28, 2016, 17 states have adopted the standards: Arkansas (so far only for middle school), California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia, along with the District of Columbia (D. As a result, the NGSS will very likely have a major impact on the teaching of evolution in this country.
The idea for the NGSS began in 2009, when a commission formed by the Carnegie Foundation concluded that “the nation’s capacity to innovate for economic growth and the ability of American workers to thrive in the modern workforce depend on a broad foundation of math and science learning” (NGSS this was managed by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences and funded by the Carnegie Foundation.Standards also provide a rubric to determine which students are not meeting the learning goals set by the standards.Teachers can intervene with appropriate strategies to help these students meet the set expectations.This study concludes that this positive trend is now evident in the middle school science standards across the nation.We propose that early evolutionary education will be an excellent indicator of future acceptance of evolution across the United States and strongly encourage that evolution be introduced as the underlying theme of biology early in a student’s academic career.For example, patterns, energy and matter, and stability and change, just to name a few.