Posts By: Jennifer Horak

New Jersey Adopts Next Generation Science Standards

Congratulations, New Jersey! Voting to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards. “New Jersey historically has adopted curriculum standards that establish a high bar for student learning. Today’s re-adoption of six content areas and the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards maintain the state’s commitment to providing schools with curriculum frameworks that convey higher-level skills… Read more »

Alignment of Curriculum Resources in NGSS

By Ted Willard, Director of NGSS@NSTA Many educators are familiar with the idea of backward design in curriculum planning. As educators begin thinking of how to implement the Next Generation Science Standards, the architecture of the standards leads to questions about how to start. With NGSS, what to focus on depends in part on whether… Read more »

California’s Decisions Show That NGSS Is State Driven

By Ted Willard, Director of NGSS@NSTA The California State Board of Education unanimously adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) this week, making it the sixth state to do so. The decision not only represents a move forward for evidence-based science instruction but also highlights the control and flexibility individual states have in terms of… Read more »