LASER Study Results Cited by STANYS Suffolk News

November 22, 2017

Glen Cochrane, Section Chair of the Science Teachers' Association of NY State (STANYS), cited the SSEC's LASER study when he discussed the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) in his recent STANYS Suffolk News blog. The NYSSLS standards are grade banded with specific Performance Expectations, which gives teachers and curriculum designers guidance as to what students are expected to know and do at the end of instruction. As Glen indicates, "The challenge for STANYS and the science specialists across New York is how to support the transition of elementary teachers into NYSSLS. Elementary teachers feel they lack the background and confidence to dive into developing curriculum for science, and NYSSLS elementary programs need a good curriculum that maintains fidelity with the intent of the new standards. The elementary teachers and administrators need the training to recognize materials that are aligned and provide constructivist learning opportunities." SSEC is developing K-8 curriculum materials to support New York State teachers in implementing these new standards.