Members of the Iowa State Board of Education today voted unanimously to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for its K-12 students. The Board adopted the new science standards based on recommendations of a 19-member review team made up of educators, representatives from the workforce, and other Iowa science education stakeholders. The Board directed the State Department of Education to develop a timeline and plan to help schools statewide put the new science standards into practice.
“While the Next Generation Science Standards represents the backbone of what we’ve adopted today, these are now Iowa’s science standards because they’ve been reviewed, vetted and modified by Iowans,” said Charles Edwards of Des Moines, the board president. “I’m impressed with these high-quality science standards, as well as the process we’ve run in Iowa to review and adopt them.”
The NGSS have now been adopted by District of Columbia and 14 states, including Arkansas, California, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
Click here to read a press release issued by the Iowa State Board of Education (August 6, 2015)
Click here to read the review team’s full report.
Click here to read a news clip from Iowa’s KIMT TV. (August 10)
Click here to read a blog in Ed Week (August 11) registration required