CSTA . . . Working For YOU!
- CSTA is a proactive voice for K-16 science teachers in the state. Through our leadership and staff,
we are present at State Board of Education and Curriculum Commission meetings and at Legislative hearings, on an ongoing basis,
to promote the needs of our members and science education.
- In 2004, the state issued the criteria that would be used to evaluate textbooks and other instructional materials,
in preparation for the 2006 adoption of science materials. The original criteria limited the amount of hands-on activities
that could be offered to no more than 25% of instructional time. CSTA was instrumental in getting the state to change
the science criteria from no more than 25% to at least 25% hands-on instruction.
- CSTA closely followed the science adoption throughout 2005 and 2006, to try to ensure the integrity of the process.
Our ongoing observations of Curriculum Commission meetings were invaluable in overturning or preventing several egregious
irregularities in the process. (See our letter to the State Board of Education.)
- CSTA organized science teachers from around the state to review the submitted instructional materials for the 2006 adoption and conduct a
"parallel" review to that of the state. Our teams attended the state deliberations meetings to oversee the process and
comment if we observed deviation from stated protocols. Our attendance at the meetings proved to be important safeguards
against some deviations that would have proved fatal to the adoption of some very good programs.
- In 2002, the State Board of Education, dismayed by the low test scores
in Integrated Science, considered dropping Integrated Science
from the state testing scheme. Had that occurred, it could
have spelled the end of Integrated Science altogether, as
few districts would consider offering integrated programs
that would not be part of the STAR tests. CSTA offered to
spearhead the revision of the Integrated Science test to
a more useful format for districts, so that the state board
would not eliminate it from the testing scheme. See
the Model Instructional Sequences we developed to assist
districts with Integrated Science programs.