The Wall Street Journal reports on how developers of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) learned from the pushback on Common Core. They report that the Obama administration was asked to not be engaged in promoting the standards and that states were encouraged to take the lead and get local support.

To date, 18 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the NGSS and another 16 revised their standards to be similar.

“There is something to be said for being the second person through the minefield; you know where to step,” said Peter McLaren, an education consultant and former teacher who helped write the science standards. “Common Core gave us some good guidance as far as what to do differently.”

NSTA was a partner in the development of the standards and many teachers had input. There were 26 teachers on the 41-member committee that drafted the NGSS, which are based on A Framework for K-12 Education published by the National Research Council.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York was the major funder in the development of the standards and recently released a report drawing attention to the need for NGSS-based instructional materials and teacher training.

Click here to access the full story in The Wall Street Journal (August 16, 2017: subscription required)




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