A long-term research and development initiative focused on improving science education so that all Americans can become literate in science, mathematics, and technology.
About Project 2061
Project 2061 is a long-term initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to help all Americans become literate in science, mathematics, and technology. To achieve that goal, Project 2061 conducts research and develops tools and services that educators, researchers, and policymakers can use to make critical and lasting improvements in the nation’s education system.
The Project’s areas of expertise include:
Science Learning Goals and Curriculum.Through its two-volume Atlas of Science Literacy as well as Benchmarks for Science Literacy and Science for All Americans, Project 2061 provides a coherent set of K-12 learning goals that serve as a foundation for state and national science education frameworks and standards, including the Next Generation Science Standards. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, NASA, and NOAA, Project 2061 develops innovative and engaging curriculum materials that support students' achievement of these science learning goals and tools for evaluating the alignment of curriculum and instruction to standards and the quality of support provided for teachers and students.
Assessment. Project 2061 produces assessment items and instruments that are effective and accurate measures of students’ understanding of science learning goals and can be used to diagnose students' conceptual difficulties. With support from the National Science Foundation, Project 2061 has developed an online bank of high-quality test items and related assessment resources for use in middle and early high school science (http//assessment.aaas.org), and a grant from the U.S. Department of Education is funding the development of assessment instruments for evaluating students' understanding of energy concepts from elementary through high school. Assessments developed by Project 2061 are rigorously screened for alignment to national standards and are suitable for use with a diverse range of students, including English language learners. Project 2061 participates in a number of national assessment efforts and consults on a wide range of assessment research and development initiatives.
Teacher Development. Improving student achievement in science and mathematics requires well-prepared teachers who have a solid grounding in the content they teach and an understanding of how diverse students can be helped to learn. Project 2061’s publications are widely used in teacher education courses, and its research studies shed light on how textbooks, teaching practices, and professional development can best be coordinated to improve student learning. Project 2061 offers professional development workshops and online webinars to introduce educators to important areas of its work and support them in understanding and applying science learning goals in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.