Posts By: Cindy Workosky

Report finds California school districts lag in implementing science standards

LIV AMES FOR EDSOURCE TODAY Students discuss a science project at Garfield Elementary School in Oakland   A review of some of California’s largest school districts shows little focus on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). According to Ed Source, “fewer than half even mention the new science standards adopted by the state nearly two… Read more »

Maine Senate Upholds LePage Veto of Science Standards Bill

According to the Associated Press, on Friday, May 29, the Republican-controlled Maine Senate upheld Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that would have required the state Department of Education to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 students in Maine. The 19-15 vote was short of the two-thirds needed to override the veto. LePage said that adopting the standards… Read more »

South Dakota Adopts Near-Copy of Next Generation Science Standards

  Education Week’s Liana Heitin compares the recently adopted South Dakota science standards and notes a strong connection to the Next Generation Science Standards, with some edits related to climate change and the Earth’s age. Click here to read the Education Week article (May 26, 2015) registration required

It’s time to move Georgia’s science standards forward

Dr. Jeremy Peacock, a regional science content specialist in Georgia, president of the Georgia Science Teachers Association, and an NGSS@NSTA Curator wrote an opinion piece for the Atlanta Journal Constitution addressing the need to upgrade the state’s science standards. He highlights the research that is the basis of a revised draft of the standards now… Read more »

NSTA Releases New NGSS Resources

NSTA has released a number of innovative new resources to help science educators and leaders nationwide put the vision of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Framework for K-12 Science Education into action. They include Discover the NGSS: Primer and Unit Planner, the first-ever interactive e-book on the NGSS, complete with its own unit… Read more »

Districts Out Ahead of States in Adopting Science Standards

Education Week reporter, Liana Heitin, recently reported on how many districts around the country are “jumping the gun on their states” and bringing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into classrooms soon as possible. In many cases, she reports, science teachers have led the charge. “I think what you’re seeing really is grassroots support among science teachers everywhere… Read more »

New NSTA Press Book Provides Strategies to Engage All Students in the NGSS

Teachers can get guidance about how to teach diverse groups of students and connect their lessons with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) through the new NSTA Press book NGSS for All Students. The book features case studies that illustrate research- and standards-based classroom strategies to engage diverse seven demographic groups. Also included are chapters… Read more »

IL School District Advances Area-Wide Initiative to Revise Science Curriculum

According to the New Lenox Patch, more than 50 science teachers from Lincoln-Way High School District 210 and area elementary and middle school districts recently came together  to continue their work to realign science curriculum to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This is the final in a series of workshops that is transforming science… Read more »

State BOE Adopts Amended Climate Change Science Standards

Earlier today, the West Virginia Board of Education voted 6-2 to adopt an amended set of science standards for West Virginia schools. The amendments came at the request of Board member Wade Linger. According to an article by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Linger moved to amend the standards in the following three ways: Moving a… Read more »