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National Science Education Standards

The following table lists the science content standards from the National Science Education Standards. The content standards outline what students should know, understand and be able to do in natural science.

An important purpose of science education is to give students a means to understand and act on personal and social issues. The science in personal and social perspectives standards help students develop decision-making skills.

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

Levels K-4 Levels 5-8 Levels 9-12
• Personal Health
• Characteristics and changes in populations
• Types of resources
• Changes in environments
• Science and technology in local challenges
• Personal health
• Populations, resources, and environments
• Natural hazards
• Risks and benefits
• Science and technology in society
• Personal and community health
• Population growth
• Natural resources
• Environmental quality
• Natural and human-induced hazards
• Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges