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Alabama’s Science Standards Get A Makeover

According to National Public Radio, the Alabama Board of Education voted unanimously on Sept. 10 to replace old K-12 science standards for the first time in a decade. Ryan Reardon, a teacher at Jefferson County International Baccalaureate, and other science educators say Alabama’s old standards were dated and thin on evolution. The new standards call it “established scientific… Read more »

Stephen Pruitt Likely to be Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education

On Friday, Sept. 4, that the Kentucky Board of Education announced that Stephen Pruitt, senior vice president at Achieve Inc., will likely be the state’s next commissioner of education, pending the outcome of a background check, a vote by the board and successful contract negotiations. “Dr. Pruitt is very excited for the opportunity and has indicated… Read more »

Memorizing is out, thinking like a scientist is in

Michigan prepares to adopt new science standards based on the Next Generation Science Standards and is holding community meetings around the state to gather input. According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, the input will shape a final recommendation that likely will go to the State Board of Education in October. “The standards reflect… Read more »

New science standards empower students

In an opinion piece appearing in the Portland Tribune on August 27, Bradford Hill, a teacher and president of the Oregon Science Teachers Association, writes about the changes coming to science classrooms with the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards. “Thanks to Oregon’s adoption of new, stronger science standards, we are transforming how we… Read more »

Iowa Becomes 15th State to Adopt the NGSS

Members of the Iowa State Board of Education today voted unanimously to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for its K-12 students. The Board adopted the new science standards based on recommendations of a 19-member review team made up of educators, representatives from the workforce, and other Iowa science education stakeholders. The Board directed the… Read more »

New Science Exams for Illinois Students Based on the NGSS

The Chicago Tribune reports on new science exams coming to Illinois students this fall. Students in grades 5, 8 and 10 will take new online exams in science that are based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The tests come after Illinois State Board of Education got in trouble with the U.S. Department of… Read more »

Report Sent to Iowa State Board of Ed Recommending NGSS Adoption

On Friday, July 17, an Iowa Science Standards Review Team submitted its formal report to the State Board of Education recommending adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). According to the state report: We recommend the Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations be adopted as Iowa’s science standards, grade specific for grades K-8 and… Read more »

Reports Explores State Approaches in Selecting New Science Standards

A new report by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) looks at the path six states took in selecting new science standards. The report “Common Themes, Individual Approaches: Six States’ Experiences with New Science Standards,” profiles the work of Arkansas, Delaware, DC, Kentucky, New Jersey, West Virginia. Click here to download the… Read more »

Arkansas Adopts NGSS for Grades K-8

On June 11, the Arkansas State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the Arkansas K-12 Science Standards for Grade K-4 and 5-8. The standards are based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with additional Arkansas-specific clarification statements and assessment boundaries, grade-specific learning progressions, and overviews of the content for each grade to assist… Read more »

Wyoming Standards Review Process Well Underway

Wyoming is going through the process of seeking input on science standards to share with a review committee. Input is being collected via an online survey and meetings are being held across the state. Here’s a round-up of news articles focusing on the process. Science standard review process gets underway (Powell Tribune, May 28, 2015) Editorial… Read more »