Louisiana to Consider New Standards for Teaching Science

According to Education Week, next month, Louisiana’s state board of elementary and secondary education is expected to vote on new science standards. A committee worked for six months to produce new standards for the state, which currently has some of the oldest science standards in the nation. The group voted nearly unanimously to approve the… Read more »

Wisconsin Seeking Public Input on Science Standards

According to the Milwaukee Courier, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is seeking public input to start the review process for academic standards in information and technology literacy, music, and science. The current science standards are the “Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Science,” adopted in 1998. Most Wisconsin school districts have adopted or are using… Read more »

What I Know Now: Anchoring Phenomena in NGSS

In a blog post for the Teaching Channel NGSS@NSTA curator Kathy Renfrew writes about anchoring phenomena. Phenomena can be the special ingredient that brings both intrigue and relevance to an otherwise ordinary lesson. It’s no surprise anchoring phenomena has become a part of the conversation whenever educators discuss NGSS science instruction. This is exciting because anchoring… Read more »

California renews push to promote environmental literacy in schools

According to Ed Source environmental education in California got another big push last November when the State Board of Education approved integrating five key environmental principles into the new science frameworks last November. The frameworks provide a blueprint for introducing the Next Generation Science Standards, which the state adopted in 2013, and are gradually being introduced… Read more »

New Mexico House Ed Committee Passes Bill to Adopt NGSS

House Bill 211, requiring the Public Education Department to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for New Mexico schools, has passed the House Education Committee. NGSS standards establish a framework that incorporates the application of technology and engineering in addition to science and mathematics. Sponsored by Rep. Andres Romero (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Bill McCamley… Read more »

Lawmakers strip climate change references from new Idaho K-12 science standards

The Associated Press reports that an Idaho House panel has approved new K-12 science standards, but only after striking key references to climate change caused by human behavior. This is the third year the Idaho Legislature has struggled to agree on science standards for public schools. Previous efforts that included references to global warming and… Read more »

NY’s science standards energize learning, teacher says

In response to a community commentary published on Dec. 25 in The Journal News (, 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 »