At the beginning of school year 2014-2015, DCPS began implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which is a set of science standards based upon the National Research Council’s 2011 Framework for K-12 Science Education. The NGSS standards focus on science and engineering practices, emphasize critical thinking, designing solutions to real-world problems, and are conducive to project-based learning.
All DCPS students study earth, life, physical science, engineering and technology throughout their school experience.
DCPS partners with many museums, non-profits, and professional organizations to provide Science support to schools, teachers and students, including:
The DC Environmental Education Consortium (DCEEC): The DCEEC provides professional development and resources for environmental learning aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Members of the DCEEC have also volunteered their time to train teachers on the Elementary Science modules for the Cornerstone initiative.
The DC STEM Network: The DC STEM Network unites community partners to help inspire and prepare all DC youth to succeed, lead, and innovate in STEM fields and beyond. The DC STEM Network also operates the DC STEM Fair, the largest and longest running STEM competition for students in DC’s public, public charter, private, and parochial schools.