Pa. to launch review of its science standards that may include emphasis on helping students think like scientists

Jan Murphy | Thursday, September 12, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

Pennsylvania education officials will begin the process of reviewing the framework around how science is to be taught to students and consider whether to incorporate a set of standards embraced by most other states that encourage students to think like scientists.

The State Board of Education directed the state Department of Education to begin preparing to modernize the state’s 17-year-old science standards to bring them into alignment with current research and best practices, including a look at the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Pa. considers bill to get children to start their school years earlier and stay longer

Sasha Hupka | Tuesday, June 4, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

In Pennsylvania, some children enter kindergarten at 5-years-old. Some start school at 6 or 7. And some wait until age 8 to begin their education.

Currently, Pennsylvania does not require children to attend school before age 8, and students can drop out at age 17 without parental consent. But the state’s compulsory school attendance age may soon be changing to get children in school earlier and keep them there longer.

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