Education Week reporter, Liana Heitin, recently reported on how many districts around the country are “jumping the gun on their states” and bringing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into classrooms soon as possible. In many cases, she reports, science teachers have led the charge.

“I think what you’re seeing really is grassroots support among science teachers everywhere regardless of what’s happening at their state level,” said David L. Evans, the executive director of the Arlington, Va.-based National Science Teachers Association, which provided guidance during the standards’ development.

In Pulaski, WI, one of the districts highlighted in the article, the district officially adopted the NGSS, with the approval of the local school board and the encouragement of many teachers.

“What we expected to happen was the state would do their adoption in the summer of 2013, but that didn’t happen,” said Jenny Gracyalny, the director of learning services for the district. “So we decided go forward. … We’re a local-control state anyway.”

“It was our teachers who really said that these [Next Generation] standards accomplished what we needed,” she said. “If I’d had my way originally, we’d have taken it a little slower and not gone for adoption, but it was them saying our standards are old, they’re not relevant for students, we need to make some changes.”

Click here to read the May 6, 2015 article in Ed Week (registration required).

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