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Science Implementation Feedback

The Colorado Department of Education is soliciting feedback on the Implementation Timeline for the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards for Science.  Currently, the legislated timeline for districts to transition to the revised standards allows for two years, with full implementation to occur during the 2020-2021 school year.  Some considerations for SCIENCE ONLY include:

  • Keep science on the same implementation timeline as the other standards, OR
  • Delay implementation to allow districts to prepare and for the state assessment system to adjust.

The survey for feedback will be open until mid-December. The survey link is available at:

Colorado Academic Standards Science Graphic (small)

The Science standards reflect a new vision for science education that connects scientific knowledge, in authentic ways, to real-world problem solving and innovation. The standards forefront scientific practices that use and go beyond the inquiry process to arrive at reasoned and justifiable rationales for interpretations of phenomena/events.

 A Framework for K-12 Science Education, released by the National Research Council (NRC) in July 2011, identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school. 

Important Announcements

White House Releases STEM Education Strategy which focuses on maintaining the nation’s STEM leadership and emphasizes inclusion, diversity, and workforce development.

Colorado State Board of Education adopts revisions to the State Science Standards.  Information about the adopted 2020 standards can be found here.

The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam $10,000.00 grants offer an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention. 

What is a STEM School is a resource for identifying and measuring STEM schools and programs.

Emerging Female Scientists is the only electronic, peer-reviewed, open access journal specifically for female middle and high school students.

Solve for Tomorrow is a contest where middle and high school teachers lead a class of students in the creation of a solution that addresses a need in their community using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM).  Contest applicants will have a chance to win a share of $2 million in Samsung technology* for their school throughout the competition. 

Energy Day Festival
Energy Day is Colorado's first FREE family festival showcasing exhibits focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Energy Day will feature exciting exhibits and interactive demonstrations that will teach students and their families about various forms of energy.

Science PLC Bytes available

Fast Facts: Science

If you are new to Colorado or are just interested in learning about the overarching headlines regarding Science education, this one page reference sheet is a good place to begin! Use the navigation links on the right side to read even more about the exciting world of Science education in Colorado!

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For website assistance in Science, please contact Joanna Bruno.

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