Standards, Benchmarks, and Science Literacy Documents

National Standards and Benchmarks

Here is a list of national standards and benchmarks for K-12 students that cover science, mathematics, geography, and technology education. If you are aware of other national standards that would be relevant to the NESTA community, please submit your suggestions here.

State Science Standards

Each state has its own standards or benchmarks for K-12 science education. The links below take you to all of these state documents.

Science Literacy Documents

The following is a list of science literacy documents, including information about general science literacy as well as specific literacy topics such as climate change, oceans, and Earth system science. If you are aware of other science literacy documents that would be relevant to the NESTA community, please submit your suggestions here.

Other documents

The following is a list of other documents associated with standards and frameworks, submitted by NESTA members.


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