Posts By: Cindy Workosky

Next Steps for the Next Generation Science Standards

In a commentary in Education Week, Arthur H. Camins explores the next steps for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and what it will take for success as states and districts begin to adopt them. Camins notes that the NGSS have avoided some of the major problems experienced by the Common Core Sate Standards because… Read more »

Wyoming schools probably free to use NGSS

According to the Casper Star-Tribune, local school districts in Wyoming probably can use the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), despite a ban prohibiting the Wyoming Dept. of Education and state Board of Education from using funds to review or adopt the standards. “The budget footnote prohibiting the Wyoming Department of Education and state Board of… Read more »

Common Core backlash won’t stop new science standards

A number of school districts in Wisconsin are not waiting for  state lawmakers to make a decision on state science standards and are beginning to use the Next Generation Science Standards. Some school districts in Green Bay are using the new standards to develop new curriculum, saying “instructors can’t teach today’s students using guidelines written more… Read more »

Kentucky Schools in Early Stages of NGSS Implementation

TV station WDRB in Louisville, KY, explores the work of science teachers in Jefferson County Public Schools who are in the early stages of implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). According to middle school teacher Amy Strite, teachers will be “much more explicit in making connections to previous learning — connections to these cross-cutting… Read more »

In coal country, Gillette schools test new science standards

In the middle of a political battle over science standards in Wyoming, one school district is training teachers in the types of higher-level thinking outlined by the Next Generation Science Standards. According to an article in Wyoming’s Star Tribune, “about 30 teachers in grades three through six built a new science curriculum using the Next… Read more »

State Legislators Attempt to Halt Adoption of the NGSS

Recent news articles highlight political attempts to derail new science standards because of science content, such as climate change. In March, Wyoming’s legislature passed a bill preventing the Department of Education from spending money to review or adopt the NGSS despite a unanimous recommendation of the state’s standards revision committee (made up of Wyoming educators) to adopt the… Read more »

NSTA Urges Ohio Educators to Contact State Legislators to Support NGSS; Say “No” to HB 487

On May 20, a key piece of legislation (HB 487) which would prohibit the state from adopting science and social studies standards not developed in Ohio was approved by a Senate committee.   HB 487 “blocks future adoption of nationally-developed standards in subjects such as science and social studies by preventing state officials from entering… Read more »

NSTA’s Ted Willard Featured on Education Talk Radio

Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) was the topic of discussion during the May 19 edition of Education Talk Radio, and internet-based radio program. Host Larry Jacobs welcomed Ted Willard, NSTA’s program director for NGSS@NSTA. Ted talked about the new science standards and how they were developed, explored how they are different from earlier… Read more »