Julie Angle, of Oklahoma State University’s education college, helped write the new standards for biology…
“The 2014 standards addressed evolution; they just didn’t use the word ‘evolution,’” Angle said. “We talked about biodiversity and change over time.
“We wanted to include the word ‘evolution’ to make sure that teachers didn’t have any misunderstanding of what should be taught in those standards.”
Many teachers identified biological evolution as a “weak area” where Oklahoma students were not as college-ready as students from other states, Neill said.