Many news stories, including the Huffington Post, have reported on West Virginia’s adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards. As first reported in The Chaleston Gazette, “a member of the state board of education requested last year that alterations be made to a blueprint of new science standards, suggesting in particular that climate change not be treated as a “foregone conclusion.” After the state Department of Education drafted those changes and made the standards available for public comment, the SBOE voted in December to officially adopt them.”

The original standards ask students to assess the reasons for the rise in global temperatures over the past century. “The new version, however, asks students to assess the “rise and fall” in global temperatures. Additionally, while the original standards asked students to use data to make an “evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change,” the new standards ask students to assess the credibility of ‘geoscience data and the predictions made by computer climate models … for predicting future impacts on the Earth System.’”

Click here to read the full story in the Huffington Post (1-7-15)

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