The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are moving closer to full adoption in Kentucky despite legislative hick-ups along the way. Most recently, on Oct. 15, Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Education decided not to address the issue of their adoption. According to WFPL radio in Louisville, the committee could have brought the issue forward—and still can until Nov. 1—but co-chair Derrick Graham is quoted as saying, “‘it’s a done deal’ and the standards have overwhelming support of the business and science communities.”

To recap, at its June 5, 2013, meeting the Kentucky Board of Education recommended the adoption of the NGSS as the Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Science. Despite the recommendations from the Board and overwhelming public support, on Sept. 11, Kentucky’s Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee voted 5-1 to find the standards deficient and did not adopt them. With lightning speed, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced plans to move forward and implement the standards. In a letter to Gov. Beshear, NSTA Executive Director Dr. David E. Evans congratulated Gov. Beshear for his outstanding support for the NGSS and for STEM education.

While Beshear’s actions allow implementation preparations to begin, legislators could override the governor when the General Assembly meets in January.

Read the Oct. 15 news article from WFPL radio.

Read NSTA’s letter of congratulations to Gov. Beshear

Read the Oct. 13 news article from Kentucky.com.

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