Council of State Science Supervisors
“The voice and vision of science education for the states”

Science Professional Learning Standards

The Science Professional Learning Standards (SPLS) provide a meaningful guide to professional development and professional learning for science education. The standards were developed by the Council of State Science Supervisors to support science educators in making informed decisions about the attributes, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning experiences. The SPLS address each of these areas for both professional development and professional learning and provides clear expectations for both the provider of professional development and the participant in professional learning. The SPLS are a useful tool for:

  • guiding the design of sustained and coherent professional development opportunities for educators.
  • informing state and local education leaders on the criteria for selecting and evaluating professional development plans and programs.
  • supporting educators to establish clear expectations for their professional learning in order to maximize the benefit for their students.

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