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Revolutionizing Earth System Science Education for the 21st Century: Report and Recommendations from a 50-State Analysis of Earth Science Education

Posted June 11, 2007 - Revised December 19, 2007

The raw data from TERC's analysis of the state-by-state education standards is now available. It can be downloaded below in either an Excel of Filemaker 7 format.

Click here to download the Excel (6.4 MB)
Click here to download the Filemaker 7 version (2.2 MB)

This study analyzed K-12 Earth science standards and frameworks of all fifty states, plus the District of Columbia, to determine how well each state's standards address the following six Earth science content and pedagogical criteria:
Revolutionizing Earth System Science

  • Content related to atmosphere, weather, climate and the ocean;
  • Environmental literacy principles and applications;
  • Earth considered as a dynamic interactive system;
  • Earth examined through the perspective of space-age tools;
  • Use of 21st century technologies in Earth science research; and
  • Application of inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning about Earth science

The study was conducted by TERC on behalf of NOAA's Office of Education and is available in both a high resolution and a lower resolution version. To access the TERC website click here. (This is a not a U.S. Government website. NOAA is not responsible for the content of external internet sites).

TERC Report with high resolution images (6 MB)
TERC Report with low resolution images (1.2 MB)

Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded here for free. (This is a not a U.S. Government website. NOAA is not responsible for the content of external internet sites).

If you have any questions or comments about the study, please send them in an email to Sarah Schoedinger.