Astronomy Education Standards Around the World
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Czech Republic and Slovakia
(By Tomáš Gráf, Institute of Physics, Silesian University in Opava) [December 2016 Planetarian]
(By Simonetta Ercoli) [September 2015 Planetarian]
(By Kaoru Kimura, Japan Science Foundation, Tokyo) [September 2017 Planetarian]1
United States of America
In the U.S., the first attempt at national standards, National Science Education Standards (NSES), were established by the National Research Council in 1996. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were released in 2013. They are not adopted in all states. Although 40 states have shown interest in NGSS, 19 states (and the District of Columbia) have adopted NGSS.
1. Also, from Planetarian, March 2018, v47-1, p. 50: "In Japan, Kaoru Kimura of the Japan Science Foundation in Tokyo notes that Japan’s national education standards change every ten years. Old planetarium school shows, along with all elementary and middle school textbooks, must be replaced when a new curriculum begins. Many small planetariums without staff for development of different programs present pre-recorded programs matched to the current science curriculum. Kaoru notes that communication between the planetarium operator and visiting teachers is very important. In larger planetariums with an education staff, the program can be adapted to the class. It is important for the operator and education staff to decide a program’s content with the teacher."