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Science Standards

In September 2019, the State Board of Education directed the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to begin the process of updating Pennsylvania’s science standards to align them with current research and best practices, including a review of Next Generation Science Standards.

The State Board of Education’s current regulations include two sets of science standards – Science and Technology, and, Environment and Ecology – which serve as the basis for curriculum development and instruction in schools. Both sets of standards took effect on January 5, 2002.

PDE will examine the state’s current standards, outline the various components that must be addressed when changing regulations, and develop a proposed timeline for making the changes – with the overall goal being to provide the best framework possible to prepare all students to be productive citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

PDE’s examination of the current standards includes input from the public. A series of stakeholder engagement sessions will be held across the state and virtually – the public is invited to attend and provide input. The stakeholder session dates, times, and locations appears below. Register to attend an in-person stakeholder session. Register to participate in a virtual session using the links below.

​Date​Region/County​Location​Time
​Wednesday, February 19, 2020
​Cambria​Richland High School,
Richland School District
​9 am to noon
​Thursday, February 20, 2020
​Allegheny​Community College of Allegheny County
​9 am to noon
​Wednesday, February 26, 2020
​Erie​East Middle School,
Erie School District
​9 am to noon
​Wednesday, February 26, 2020
​VirtualRegister for this session
​4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
​Thursday, February 27, 2020
​McKean​Seneca Highlands IU 9
​9 am to noon
​Friday, February 28, 2020
​Clarion​Clarion University
​9 am to noon
​Monday, March 2, 2020
​Centre​Mount Nittany Middle School, State College School District
​9 am to noon
​Tuesday, March 3, 2020
​Dauphin​PaTTAN Harrisburg
​9 am to noon
​Wednesday, March 4, 2020
​Lycoming​First Community Foundation Partnership of PA
​9 am to noon
​Tuesday, March 10, 2020
​Lackawanna​Luzerne County Community College
​9 am to noon
​Wednesday, March 11, 2020
​Lehigh​South Mountain Middle School, Allentown School District
​9 am to noon
​Wednesday, March 11, 2020
​VirtualRegister for this session
​4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
​Thursday, March 12, 2020
​Philadelphia​University City Science Center
​8:30 am to 11:30 am
​Thursday, March 12, 2020
​Chester​West Chester University
​1 pm to 4 pm