Education Standards in
New York State
New York State has developed
learning standards that specify the content, concepts, and skills that students
should learn in each subject area. These understandings are tested through the
state's Regents examinations. Students must pass specified Regents exams in
order to receive a high school diploma in NYS.
Standards, and Resource Guides for NYS:
of NYS Regents Exams
Science Education Standards present a vision of a scientifically literate populace.
They outline what students need to know, understand, and be able to do to be
scientifically literate at different grade levels. They describe an educational
system in which all students demonstrate high levels of performance, in which
teachers are empowered to make the decisions essential for effective learning,
in which interlocking communities of teachers and students are focused on learning
science, and in which supportive educational programs and systems nurture achievement."
- National Science Education Standards, National Academy Press, 1996.
Science Education Standards are available online.
national standards specify that students should "combine processes and
scientific knowledge as they use scientific reasoning and critical thinking
to develop their understanding of science." By developing and conducting
their own experiments, students will develop a deeper understanding of concepts,
develop critical thinking skills, and learn how science is practiced.