The National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) often heard from classroom teachers that the National Healthcare Foundation Standards were generic and vague. The standards and accountability criteria were written in such a way that left room for guessing what should be taught to meet each standard. Teachers spoke out and we listened!
Through a recent collaborative meeting with Precision Exams, provider of the National Health Science Assessment, members of NCHSE Executive Committee worked to enhance and clarify the standards and accountability criteria without changing the intent of the standards. The term “accountability criteria” has been removed. This content will now be referred to as objectives providing more detail under each standard.
The guiding principle of this work: if these standards were reviewed by to a classroom teacher or a health science student would they know what to teach or what they were expected to learn?
Attention was given to keep the outline and numbering intact to reduce impacts on state curriculums aligned to the national standards. The National Health Science Assessment for 2016 will reflect the enhanced standards in new test items.