Posts By: Cindy Workosky

NY’s science standards energize learning, teacher says

In response to a community commentary published on Dec. 25 in The Journal News (LoHud.com), New York State teacher Kottie Christie-Blick writes about her appreciation of the Next Generation Science Standards. “As an elementary teacher, I appreciate having the Next Generation Science Standards. They are well thought out guidelines for creating a scientifically literate population. The standards… Read more »

With More Exposure to Science, English-Learners’ Achievement Soared

Ed Week’s Corey Mitchell writes about a new study that shows integrating innovative science courses and English-language instruction can dramatically boost student achievement and test scores in the sciences, along with reading, and writing. This is according to a new study from the Oakland, Calif.-based Education Trust West. The report, “Unlocking Learning: Science as a Lever… Read more »

U.S. Education Department rejects California’s science testing plans

With two days remaining before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, the U.S. Department of Education has rejected California’s request to begin administering online tests this spring based on new science standards, in lieu of a test based on standards established in 1998. The state’s final administrative appeal following a six-months-long battle over science testing in California… Read more »

What does leading the nation on NGSS look like?

Washington State is ahead of peers in developing a comprehensive, summative assessment based on the Next Generation Science Standards After participating as a lead state in writing the Next Generation Science Standards, Washington adopted the NGSS in the fall of 2013. This is the first academic year schools are supposed to have fully implemented the… Read more »

New Hampshire Adopts Next Generation Science Standards

NSTA congratulates the state of New Hampshire for adopting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in November. The New Hampshire Business Review quoted Tom Raffio, chair of the New Hampshire Board of Education, as saying the standards “will help our students develop the fundamental academic knowledge and the 21st century skills that will be so important… Read more »

Students egg-cited about engineering

“100 feet! 100 feet!” chanted more than 100 fifth-graders as East Fork Fire Department firefighters extended their ladder and launched the students’ “egg-stronauts” during the second annual Egg Drop Challenge Wednesday at Meneley and Minden elementary schools. The Egg Drop Challenge is the culminating activity for Douglas County School District’s Next Generation Science Standards science… Read more »

California wants to update its standardized science tests, but the government says no — again

California wants to update its standardized tests in science. But for the second time, federal officials have nixed the state’s rollout plans. State officials say that disapproval won’t stop them. Students have been taking the same science tests in California since 1998. The new tests are supposed to be more hands-on. They’re in keeping with the Next Generation Science Standards, a set of… Read more »

Science instruction evolving to meet needs

In an Orange County Register column called Living Textbooks, Maria Grant, a professor of Secondary Education at California State University, Fullerton, explores the Next Generation Science Standards. As residents of this planet we are a part of it all – a part of the global society, a part of our local communities and a part of… Read more »