Science Professional Resources

Research and Publications

  • A Framework for K-12 Science Education
    This document developed by the National Academies of Science’s Board on Science Education outlines a vision for K-12 Science education, focusing on 3-dimensional learning.
  • Advances science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association
  • Atlas for Science Literacy
    This book features visual maps of science content from K to 12, and helps schools and districts with science curriculum development.
  • Benchmarks for Science Literacy
    Developed by the Project 2061, the Benchmarks look at adjusting science curriculum to essential elements with a goal of having all graduates scientifically literate by 2061.
  • Curriculum Topic Study
    Curriculum Topic Study is an NSF-funded project that is developing a coordinated set of science materials to help K-12 educators deepen their understanding of the important science topics they teach. CTS builds a bridge between state and national standards, research on students’ ideas in science, and opportunities for students to learn science through improved teacher practice.
  • Designing Optimal Knowledge for Teaching Science and Mathematics (pdf)
    This paper examines reform proposals for K-12 science and mathematics teaching, including Literature that delineates the varieties of knowledge that have been associated with this kind of teaching. This paper addresses the character of that knowledge rather than the content of that knowledge.
  • National Academy of Sciences
    Provides latest research and policy in science, engineering, and medicine.
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching
    The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) is a worldwide organization of professionals committed to the improvement of science teaching and learning through research.
  • National Science Foundation
    Includes information about the agency, its programs, and its publications; details of NSF grants; and links to other science-related research centers
  • NCREL Science
    Provides research articles on policy and best practices for mathematics and science education issues.
  • Science for All Americans On-Line
    Developed by the Project 2061, this book consists of a set of recommendations on what understandings and ways of thinking are essential for all citizens in a world shaped by science and technology.


General Science Assessment Information

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “the Nation’s Report Card,” is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas.

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
TIMSS, formerly known as the Third International Mathematics and Science Study) provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. students compared to that of students in other countries.


Professional Organizations

Earth and Space


Grants and Awards


Link to Science and STEM Professional Development Opportunities

Link to the Science Instructional Resource Page

Link to the Main Science Page

Contact Information

Lacey Wieser
Director of K-12 Science and STEM

Phone: 602.364.2332