AIBS addresses Arizona's science standards

09.20.2018

In a September 20, 2018, letter (PDF), the American Institute of Biological Sciences called on the Arizona state board of education to reject draft science standards that are to be presented to the board at its September 24, 2018, meeting.

AIBS expressed concern that the standards "fail to properly address important aspects of evolution science" and moreover downplay climate change at the high school level, recommending, "The standards should be revised by science and science education experts."

AIBS's letter emphasized the economic costs of scientifically compromised state science standards, warning that if the proposed standards are adopted as-is, "Arizona will jeopardize its prior investments and future economic opportunities."

Representing over one hundred member organizations, AIBS is a nonprofit scientific association dedicated to advancing biological research and education for the welfare of society, helping to guide informed decisions about matters that require biological knowledge.