January 09, 2015

Safety in the Science Classroom

#6 Question of the Month 
Q: I'm looking through the NGSS and I don't see any standards about lab safety or health education. Am I missing something? 

A: The NGSS are science content standards based on the National Research Council's Framework for K-12 Science Education, and as such, contain neither health education standards nor lab safety standards. This is not an indication that these topics are unimportant, but rather that they go beyond the content contained in the Framework.  Each state typically has both health education standards and lab safety standards or manuals that are used in addition to their science content standards. 

To find additional resources about lab safety, you can visit this page for books and resources: Safety in the Science Classroom.