Guest Opinion by Linda Rost (Billings Gazette)

Montana is adopting new science standards. Our new science standards, for which I served as one of the writers, are currently open for public comment and review.

The Next Generation Science Standards were written in 2013 by teams of teachers and scientists from 26 lead states, including Montana. The main focus of NGSS is for students to actively do science and engineering, the way scientists and engineers do, rather than passively learning about it.

I am the biology, chemistry and science research teacher at Baker High School, with nine years of experience. I have been implementing parts of the standards that are complementary to our current standards for the past three years, and have seen remarkable improvements in student achievement, depth of learning and growth. The lessons I have designed are deeper, exciting, and most importantly, students are the scientists and engineers.

Click here to read the full story in the Billings Gazette (August 27, 2016)

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