Peer review is of the utmost importance in scientific research and provides a measure of integrity to any new idea. This is true whether you study astrophysics or zeolites. To that point, the most recent draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is available for public peer comment at http://www.nexgenscience.org. The NGSS are based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education, a conceptual plan authored by the National Research Council of the National Academies.
There are six relevant conceptual shifts outlined in the NGSS. They are:
• K-12 science education should reflect real world interconnections;
• Cross-cutting concepts should be integrated with multiple core concepts throughout the year;
• Science concepts should build coherent K-12 curricula;
• The NGSS should focus on depth, not breadth, of subjects covered;
• Science and engineering concepts must be integrated in science education for K-12 students; and
• Science standards should coordinate with other common core subjects.
The period for public comment will last until June 1st. At that time, updates to the draft will be made and there will be a chance for further public comment. Make sure that your voice is heard in how science is taught in the future by commenting during each phase of the NGSS.