The National Research Council states that science is “fundamentally about establishing lines of evidence and using the evidence to develop and refine explanations using theories, models, hypotheses, measurements, and observations.” The West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science in WV Schools have been designed to engage students in learning science at the nexus of three dimensions: disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. In this format, students will come to understand both the body of science knowledge and the processes by which it is established, extended, refined and revised.
Today’s modern workforce depends on individuals with scientific and technological skills. From health care to environmental stewardship, a countless number of personal and societal issues require citizens to make informed decisions based on their understanding of science and technology. It is essential that all West Virginia students have access to a high-quality science education that provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to be well-informed citizens, to be prepared for college and careers, and to understand and appreciate the scientific enterprise.