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New science standards proposed for SD public schools

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A committee drafting new education standards wants to make sure students to get more hands-on experience in the sciences.

The Argus Leader reports state education officials released a draft of new science curriculum standards this week.

The 31-person committee that drafts the standards wants students to master scientific investigations, problem-solving methods, data analysis and making evidence-based arguments.

Science Specialist Sam Shaw says research shows that kids learn science by doing science.

The proposed standards would break down learning goals by grade and subject.

The new standards must be reviewed in four public before they're adopted.

Teachers would begin modeling the new standards next year if they're adopted. They wouldn't be fully integrated into all public schools until 2018.