Posts By: Cindy Workosky

Climate Change Deletion Finalized in Idaho

The Idaho House of Representatives voted 56-9 to adopt Senate Concurrent Resolution 121 on March 24, 2017, thus finalizing the legislature’s decision to delete five standards — those discussing climate change and human impact on the environment — from a proposed new set of state science standards for Idaho. As NCSE previously reported, the House… Read more »

Achieve Publishes Guide for Districts to Help with Implementation of NGSS

To successfully implement the Next Generation Science Standards, districts should establish a science leadership team, ensure that teachers and school leaders get high-quality professional learning, and collaborate with other districts, according to new guidelines from Achieve. The group, which led the development of the standards, recently released a document outlining 13 “implementation indicators” districts can aim… Read more »

NM Govenor Vetoes Bill to Set New Science Standards in State Law

To the surprise of no one who’s been following the long, winding road to updating the science taught in New Mexico’s schools, Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed a measure designed to force the adoption of new standards. House Bill 211 would have required the state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, nationally vetted benchmarks for… Read more »

Engineering Making Headway in Schools, Analysis Shows

Engineering is getting more attention in classrooms, especially in those states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, according to an analysis of national test data. The NGSS, which were finalized in April 2013, emphasize engineering and design in ways that many previous state standards did not. Change the Equation, a nonprofit group that… Read more »

New Guidebook Addresses Assessment and New Science Standards

A new guidebook is aiming to help educators better align their assessments to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). “The book is based on the 2013 National Academies report Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards, which found that the assessments states and districts currently use were not designed to assess the type of understanding… Read more »

Connecticut schools tackle climate change and evolution

The new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, says carbon dioxide is not a primary cause of climate change — despite a clear scientific consensus that it is. But a recent survey showed that most Americans, and most Connecticut residents, accept climate change as a fact. Seventy percent of Americans over 25,… Read more »

Embracing new ways of teaching science and language with English learners

In an opinion piece in Education Dive, Okhee Lee, a professor of Childhood Education at New York University and a writer of the Next Generation Science Standards, shares the opportunities to support teaching science and language with English learners. She writes that student demographics across the U.S. are changing, and English learners make up a fast-growing… Read more »

New science standards to be phased into Louisiana classrooms

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Louisiana’s new science standards for public schools will be phased into classrooms, taking full effect by the 2018-19 school year. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education gave final approval Wednesday to the rewrite of the state’s 2-decades-old teaching benchmarks with no discussion. The upcoming 2017-18 school year will include… Read more »

Lighting the way for STEM students

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Hispanic students are the largest minority group in the public school system, but many studies — including a 2016 article in US News & World Report — indicates the Latino demographic makes up less than 10 percent of the STEM workforce. Part of this is because only… Read more »

New (IL) test will show students’ understanding of state science standards

The Illinois State Board of Education is in the process of scoring a statewide test that will give educators information they can use to improve students’ understanding of science in the future. More than 400,000 fifth-graders, eighth-graders and high school students took the Illinois Science Assessment for the first time in spring 2016. They were… Read more »