Standards, Benchmarks, and Science Literacy Documents

National Standards and Benchmarks

Here is a list of national standards and benchmarks for K-12 students that cover science, mathematics, geography, and technology education. If you are aware of other national standards that would be relevant to the NESTA community, please submit your suggestions here.

State Science Standards

Each state has its own standards or benchmarks for K-12 science education. The links below take you to all of these state documents.

Science Literacy Documents

The following is a list of science literacy documents, including information about general science literacy as well as specific literacy topics such as climate change, oceans, and Earth system science. If you are aware of other science literacy documents that would be relevant to the NESTA community, please submit your suggestions here.

Other documents

The following is a list of other documents associated with standards and frameworks, submitted by NESTA members.

  • Montana Science Standards Montana Office of Public Instruction

    The 2006 version of the Montana Science Standards.

  • Earth Science Literacy Initiative The Earth Science Literacy Initiative (ESLI)

    The primary outcome of the Earth Science Literacy Initiative is a community-based document that clearly and succinctly states the underlying principles and ideas of Earth science across a wide variety of research fields that are funded through the NSF-EAR program, including Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry, Geomorphology and Land-Use Dynamics, Geophysics, Hydrologic Sciences, Petrology and Geochemistry, Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology, and Tectonics.

  • Earth Science Literacy Initiative The Earth Science Literacy Initiative (ESLI)

    The primary outcome of the Earth Science Literacy Initiative is a community-based document that clearly and succinctly states the underlying principles and ideas of Earth science across a wide variety of research fields that are funded through the NSF-EAR program, including Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry, Geomorphology and Land-Use Dynamics, Geophysics, Hydrologic Sciences, Petrology and Geochemistry, Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology, and Tectonics.

  • Information about your local watershed EPA

    On this EPA site , one can find information about your local watershed, or any other in the U.S.

  • Sand- using as a classrom resource, for activities and studies The International Sand Society

    Describes curricular connections, suggests actvities, the make-up and uses for sand.

    Has microscopic views of sands from all over the world.

  • Foraminifera activities/ resources Berkley

    Using Formanifera to determine climate change

  • Interactive Atlas of Science Literacy AAAS

    This website provides information on how to acquire AAAS Atlas of Science Literacy Volumes I & II, and also provides interactive maps from the atlases. Use these maps to link directly to resources for that support the content of the maps. Searchable by grade band.

  • Earth Science Literacy Initiative The Earth Science Literacy Initiative (ESLI)

    "The primary outcome of the Earth Science Literacy Initiative is a community-based document that clearly and succinctly states the underlying principles and ideas of Earth science across a wide variety of research fields that are funded through the NSF-EAR program, including Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry, Geomorphology and Land-Use Dynamics, Geophysics, Hydrologic Sciences, Petrology and Geochemistry, Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology, and Tectonics."


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