Posts By: Cindy Workosky

New Science Assessments in Delaware

Delaware will lead the nation in changing the way students are assessed in science. Delaware adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as the state’s science content standards in October 2013. As the state eyes a new science assessment, educators are using this as an opportunity to revamp how the state measures students’ science mastery…. Read more »

Changes in La Jolla Schools Focus on Science

La Jolla Elementary, Bird Rock Elementary, Torrey Pines Elementary, Muirlands Middle and La Jolla High schools are bringing something novel to their campuses this year, including new faculty and staff, building improvements and/or the roll out of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). As part of a national shift in science education, the Next Generation Science… Read more »

NGSS Begins Releasing Sample Science Standard Bundles

The organization behind the Next Generation Science Standards has begun releasing sample “bundles” of standards to help people move away from thinking that the standards are supposed to be taught as a checklist. The bundles are intended to help teachers and curriculum developers understand how they might implement the science standards or student “performance expectations”… Read more »

New science standards urge shift from ‘learning about’ to ‘figuring out’

Next Gen Science Standards, adopted by 16 states and counting, make students think like scientists In at least 16 states, science education is undergoing a serious transformation. The key is three-dimensional teaching and learning, and even districts in states that have not adopted the Next Generation Science Standards may want to consider the shift. An… Read more »

Education Week Video Interview on NGSS with NSTA Executive Director

An EducationWeek video team sat down with NSTA Executive Director David Evans to get a better understanding the Next Generation Science Standards, including how the standards were developed, what makes them different from previous standards, and whether teachers are ready for the changes ahead. “Adopting new standards is not like putting on a fresh shirt,” he says… Read more »

New standards turn students into scientists

The San Diego Union Tribune examines the work in San Diego to work towards new science standards. “Students will act as scientists under a new set of science education guidelines that emphasize asking questions and solving problems, and the state is seeking input on how that will shape classroom instruction. The draft framework for California schools… Read more »

Next Generation Science Standards: What Do Lessons Look Like?

Ed Week’s Liana Heiten writes about a recent Commentary by an assistant professor of elementary education at the College of New Jersey about the work to develop lessons that reflect three dimentioanal learning as recommended in the NGSS. Heiten notes “as of now, there’s little in the way of materials aligned to the NGSS, so most teachers are forced to… Read more »

Preparing Teachers for Next Generation Science Standards

Lauren Madden, an assistant professor of elementary education at the College of New Jersey, authors a commentary piece for Education Week on how she is preparing future science educators to use the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). “This integrated approach to science teaching and learning may seem unfamiliar, and it certainly requires a shift in planning and… Read more »

Louisiana to review science standards

Louisiana’s top school board has endorsed a review of science standards in its public schools. The benchmarks used today were crafted in 1997, and they are the third oldest in the nation. According to an article in The Advocate, a 31-member committee will oversee the revisions with the assistance of three subcommittees. Work sessions are set to start in August, including… Read more »

PBS NewsHour Features Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) was the focus of a June 21 segment on the popular news program, PBS Newshour, which included insights from NSTA’s Executive Director David Evans. The program looked at how the NGSS is redefining instruction in science classrooms across the country. Reporter John Tulenko visited Campbell County in Wyoming. The county… Read more »