The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) recently released draft K-12 STEM-ready science standards. While the draft standards are based heavily on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), select changes made to many of the performance expectations do not reflect the intent of the official NGSS document or the Framework for K-12 Science Education. These changes include the removal of the Earth’s age, the deletion of the “rise” in global temperatures with the word “fluctuation,” and the removal of other language regarding climate change and evolution.
In a letter to the New Mexico PED, NSTA encourages the Commissioners to reject the altered version of the standards and retain the original text of the NGSS, including those statements related to climate change and evolution.
NSTA encourages our New Mexico members to take action by submitting written comments to the PED and/or testifying at the October 16 hearing where public input will be received. For details, visit the NMSTA website.
Click here to view the NSTA letter to New Mexico.
Following is a collection of news articles:
Editorial Board: Listen to scientists on state standards (Las Cruces Sun-News, Sept 27, 2017)
Letters: Students deserve access to science (Las Cruces Sun-News, Sept. 24, 2017)
Inexact science? State’s proposed standards divide leaders, educators (Santa Fe New Mexican, Sept. 23, 2017)
MY VIEW: Words matter, science matters (Santa Fe New Mexican, Sept. 23, 2017)
LAPS school board to release resolution on proposed rules next week (Los Alamos Monitor, Sept. 22, 2017)
School Board Upset Over New Standards That Teach Man-Made Global Warming (The Daily Caller, Sept 20, 2017)
NEA-New Mexico Weighs in on New Mexico PED Proposal Science Education Standards (Los Alamos Daily Post, Sep 20, 2017)
Shenanigans in New Mexico (National Center for Science Education, Sept. 19, 2017)
Our View: Science Standards Fail Students (The New Mexican, Sept. 19)
The Same, but Different: New Mexico’s New School Science Standards Might Leave Out Climate Change, Evolution (Santa Fe Reporter, Sept. 19, 2017)