House Bill 211, requiring the Public Education Department to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for New Mexico schools, has passed the House Education Committee.

NGSS standards establish a framework that incorporates the application of technology and engineering in addition to science and mathematics. Sponsored by Rep. Andres Romero (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Bill McCamley (D-Mesilla Park), HB 211 takes into account the need for New Mexico’s students to be competitive with their national peers by becoming proficient in the skills, technologies and critical thinking skills required for jobs as scientists, engineers, technologists and technicians.

“From our military bases, national laboratories, and research universities, New Mexico needs students who are proficient in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Romero, a high school teacher. “For our state to be economically competitive and self-sufficient, teaching our students these next generation science standards is critical.”

HB 211 passed House Education Committee in an 8-3 vote and will be heard next on the House floor.

Click here to read the full story in the Los Alamos Daily Post (February 9, 2017)

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