Episode 39 – Standards and Science Education


Barry Cartwright

Barry Cartwright

Our guest this week is Barry Cartwright – the Science Content Specialist for the Colorado Department of Education.  In November, Colorado recently released their Final Draft of the Colorado Academic Standards in Science.  Barry discusses some of the highlights of the new Colorado science standards and the future of standards in science education.


Books Recommended By Barry:

Direct download: LOL39.mp3

One comment

  • Hi guys,
    I enjoyed the podcast on science standards. I think a good point was made regarding the discussion on national standards or anchors. It sure seems like we are moving in that direction, a direction that has been stressed since the release of the original TIMMS report. But until that occurs, states are required to have standards and provide PD on these.
    In Michigan, we have tried to align our standards to the national standards and I think we are pretty close. If we had to shift to national standards or anchors, I don’t think we would have a problem. The only issue might be in terms of grade level and specific courses.
    I would be interested in what you or others think of our work. You can check them out at:
    You can view our K-7 grade level content expectations, including supporting companion documents. And our Michigan Merit Curriculum for Science for grades 8-11, with supporting companion documents.
    Keep up the good work,
    David Bydlowski
    Wayne County Mathematics and Science Center at Wayne RESA