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Pennsylvania's Science and Technology and Environment and Ecology 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's examination of the current standards included input from the public. A series of stakeholder engagement sessions were held across the state and virtually – the public was invited to attend and provide input. Access a detailed report of all stakeholder input compiled to inform the recommendations of the committee drafting the new standards.

PDE sought volunteer content experts to serve on a committee drafting the new standards. On May 6, the State Board approved 60 education professionals to serve on the Content Committee and an additional 18 individuals to serve on a Steering Committee to work in tandem with the Content Committee.

On September 9, 2020, the State Board of Education voted to adopt as a proposed regulation (Chapter 4) the three sets of science standards developed by the committees: Pennsylvania Integrated Standards for Science, Environment, Ecology, Technology and Engineering (Grades K-5); Pennsylvania Integrated Standards for Science, Environment and Ecology (Grades 6-12); and Pennsylvania Technology and Engineering Standards (Grades 6-12) (reflected in Appendix B-1).

Following a period of public comment, legislative review, and review by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission, the State Board of Education will determine whether any further revisions are necessary to the proposal and will meet again to consider revised standards as a final regulation.

For 30 days following June 5, 2021, comments on the proposed rulemaking may be submitted to the Board in writing at or State Board of Education, 333 Market Street, 1st Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126.