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IL School District Advances Area-Wide Initiative to Revise Science Curriculum

According to the New Lenox Patch, more than 50 science teachers from Lincoln-Way High School District 210 and area elementary and middle school districts recently came together  to continue their work to realign science curriculum to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This is the final in a series of workshops that is transforming science… Read more »

State BOE Adopts Amended Climate Change Science Standards

Earlier today, the West Virginia Board of Education voted 6-2 to adopt an amended set of science standards for West Virginia schools. The amendments came at the request of Board member Wade Linger. According to an article by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Linger moved to amend the standards in the following three ways: Moving a… Read more »

Wyoming to resume reviewing science standards

An article in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the members of the Wyoming Board of Education are taking a middle road in their work to revise state science standards. Members of the board decided at their last meeting to move forward with a review process for the standards that builds off of earlier work, board Chairman… Read more »

Achieve and Teaching Channel Release New Videos about NGSS

Achieve and Teaching Channel have released four videos that provide an overview of key innovations in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The videos provide educators with a deeper understanding of the benefits of the NGSS, specifically the three-dimensional learning that the standards provide to students. Video topics include: Next Generation Science Standards: A Vision for K-12… Read more »

NGSS a Major Focus of NSTA National Conference

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) was a major focus at NSTA’s National Conference in Chicago March 12-15. NSTA hosted an all-day forum on NGSS and numerous sessions were given to standing-room-only crowds. Liana Heiten from Education Week filed a blog on a session given by Brian Reiser at the NGSS@NSTA Forum on Friday, March 13, where he describes… Read more »

Wyoming Ends Ban on Teaching Climate Science

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed into law a bill to allow the Wyoming State Department of Education to consider Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), as well as other standards. The Legislature last year, in a budget footnote, prohibited the board from considering the NGSS because some lawmakers were concerned they emphasized a link between burning… Read more »

NSTA Announces STEM Initiative for School and District Administrators

With a $500,000 commitment from Chevron, NSTA is launching a new initiative to support school administrators as they work to strengthen teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. The Chevron-supported NSTA Administrators Initiative will include face-to-face professional development opportunities, coupled with a suite of resources developed especially for school and district leaders… Read more »

State science exams for 3 grades axed in spring testing

According to the Chicago Tribune, the State of Illinois is negotiating with the U.S. Department of Education to eliminate science testing this Spring. Federal law requires testing at least once in grades 3 through 5, 6 thorugh 9, and 10 through 12. State School Superintendent Christopher Koch told the Tribune that the state is planning… Read more »

Wyoming Takes First Step to Repeal Footnote Preventing State to Consider NGSS

The Wyoming House of Representatives has given initial support to a bill that would allow the state to consider Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) when updating K-12 science standards. According to the Casper Star Tribune, representatives voted in favor of House Bill 23, a bill that repeals last year’s budget footnote that prevented the state Board… Read more »

Wyoming Moves to Put NGSS Back on the Table

On Monday, January 19, the Wyoming House Education Committee voted unanimously to advance a bill that would remove the budget footnote passed last year barring the State Board of Education from spending money to review or adopt the NGSS. The footnote was added despite a unanimous recommendation of the state’s standards revision committee (made up of Wyoming… Read more »