October 16, 2012
State Board of Education members are reviewing the progress of Kansas and other states in drafting common science standards.
The board planned to hear Tuesday afternoon from the state official overseeing work on the standards and from a member of the state's standards-writing committee.
Kansas is working with 25 other states and the National Research Council on common standards for possible adoption in their public schools.
A draft of the proposed standards released in May treats evolution as well-established science and a crucial concept for students to learn. Kansas officials expect another draft to be released in November.
Past work on science standards in Kansas has been overshadowed by debates about how evolution should be taught. Kansas currently has evolution-friendly standards, but state law requires them to be updated.