New science standards to be phased into Louisiana classrooms
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's new science standards for public schools will be phased into classrooms, taking full effect by the 2018-19 school year.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education gave final approval Wednesday to the rewrite of the state's two-decades-old teaching benchmarks with no discussion.
The upcoming 2017-18 school year will include teacher training and field testing in the new science standards, according to the education department. They will be fully implemented a year later.
The standards are guideposts for what students from kindergarten through 12th grade should know in basic science, physical science, physics, biology, chemistry and earth science by the end of each grade.
The rewrite, done by a committee of largely local educators over months of meetings, was aimed at better preparing students for science and technology jobs.