Earlier today, the West Virginia Board of Education voted 6-2 to adopt an amended set of science standards for West Virginia schools. The amendments came at the request of Board member Wade Linger.

According to an article by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Linger moved to amend the standards in the following three ways:

  • Moving a sentence from the body of the standards into their introduction for emphasis that reads, “There is deliberative sequencing of objectives (based on programmatic level) to ensure students will develop skills to acknowledge and distinguish claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, support arguments either claims or counterclaims with evidence, and communicate about science related topics/issues in a knowledgeable, clear and objective manner.”
  • Modifying standard S.6.ESS.6 to say “Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the change in global temperature over the past century,” rather than “rise in global temperature.”
  • Modify standard S.HS.ENV.17 to add “natural forces” as an area of study for the possible causes of the change.

Click here to read the full story by WV Public Radio.

Click here to read an article in the West Virginia Gazette.

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