Posts By: Cindy Workosky

NSTA Encourages Wyoming State Board of Education to Adopt the NGSS

In a letter sent today, NSTA strongly encourages the Wyoming State Board of Education to adopt and fully implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Last fall, a committee of Wyoming educators endorsed the standards, however, Wyoming’s legislature recently passed a measure intended to block the state board from adopting them.  Supporters are encouraging members of… Read more »

It’s Official! State of Illinois Adopts NGSS

Illinois has officially adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. The state board of education voted in January to adopt the new standards, but was awaiting legislative confirmation. According to an Education Week blog, the Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules has “no objection” to the adoption. Read the Education Week blog here.

Oregon Becomes 10th State (+DC) to Adopt the NGSS

Add Oregon to the list of states to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Oregon State Board of Education voted unanimously on March 6 to adopt the new standards that will prepare students to be college and career ready. Oregon was a lead state in the development of the NGSS and has gone… Read more »

Why My State Adopted the Next Generation Science Standards

In the March edition of Commentaries, a publication of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), Randy Dorn, Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington State, explores the reasons why his state adopted the NGSS. “The Washington State Board of Education adopted the NGSS, with full support from Gov. Jay Inslee and me, in… Read more »

Nevada Becomes Ninth State (+DC) to Adopt the NGSS

Congratulations to Nevada! On Feb. 26 the state board of education voted unanimously to adopt the NGSS making it the ninth state, along with the District of Columbia. Read an Education Week blog post by Lianan Heitin here.

Next Gen Science Enters New Dimension

The March edition of District Administration magazine explores the three-dimensional approach of the Next Generation Science Standards and how it will give teachers a “clearer picture of the reasoning their students are using to grasp key science concepts.” According to the article, “this more intensive level of assessment will be a critical tool for schools… Read more »

Dr. James McDonald Chosen as Curator

The February edition of Focus Magazine, published by Central Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Services, recently spotlighted Dr. James McDonald, professor of science education, who was chosen by NSTA to serve as a curator for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Read the article here.  

Brookline Teacher Named NGSS@NSTA Curator

A recent article in the Brookline, MA, newspaper, Wicked Local, features the work of Janet MacNeil as an NGSS@NSTA Curator. Janet is a K-8 science coordinator for the Brookline Public Schools and will identify resources related to ecosystems. Read the article here.

NSF Awards $2.9 Million to Develop Next Generation Classroom Assessments

According to a press release, the National Science Foundation has awarded $2.9 million to the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago, CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University, the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International, and the Concord Consortium to develop a new system of classroom assessments… Read more »