More than three years
in the making, the Next
Standards are here. The
K–12 science standards
are the result of a
process aimed at
providing all students
with an internationally
education. An executive
summary of the standards states, “Coupling practice with content gives the learning context,
whereas practices alone are activities, and content alone is memorization. The integration of
rigorous content and application reflects how science and engineering is practiced in the real
world.” Public opinion about the standards is mixed. In a recent New York Times article, authors
Jennifer Cutraro and Katherine Schulten asked, “What Do You Think of the New Next Generation
Science Standards?” One teacher writes, “I think the new standards are the way to go, and
the fact that they are tied to the Common Core helps to align education in three major fields.”
Another writes, “Frankly, these standards as reported don’t sound that different from what my
now-high-school-graduate children were taught.” What do you think? Learn more at www.nextgenscience.org
PARCC Releases Performance Level
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness
for College and Careers (PARCC) released the
draft grade- and subject-specific performance
level descriptors (PLDs) in English language
arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics for public
comment. These new draft grade- and subjectspecific
PLDs aim to further articulate the
knowledge, skills, and practices that students
performing at a given level should be able to
demonstrate in each content area. PARCC invited
public comment on the draft through May 8,
2013, and will vote on the adoption of the final
PLDs during their joint session on June 26, 2013.
Read more at www.parcconline.org/plds.
CoSN Refreshes Acceptable
Use Policy Guide for School
CoSN has issued a refreshed
acceptable use policy (AUP) guide,
titled “Rethinking Acceptable Use
Policies to Enable Digital Learning: A
Guide for School Districts.” The AUP
Guide addresses the following eight
1. How does policy differ from
procedure, and does the difference
2. What federal laws regulate Internet
use in schools?
3. What state laws regulate Internet
use in schools?
4. What are the ways that school
districts develop or revise the AUP?
5. When—and how often—should
school district AUPs be updated?
6. What are the implications of
moving from an acceptable use policy
to a responsible use policy?
7. Where can you find samples of AUPs?
8. What are some timely, relevant, and
useful resources pertaining to the use
of digital media for learning?
To access the free guide, visit: www.cosn.org/AUPguide.