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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 »

Kentucky Governor Moves Forward with NGSS

News reports  indicate Kentucky Governor, Steve Beshear, will override a vote by the state’s Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee that voted 5-1 on September 11 to reject the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In a statement reported by the Courier-Journal, “Governor Beshear fully supports the science standards adopted by the Kentucky Board of Education and is… 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 »

California Joins List of States Adopting NGSS

On September 4, California became the 6th state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards after a unanimous vote by the State Board of Education. A timeline and plan for implementation will be decided in the coming months. The State Board did not make a decision about middle school standards and if they should be… Read more »

Get the Free Next Generation Science Standards App

NSTA is excited to announce, in partnership with MasteryConnect, a free app for the Next Generation Science Standards. MasteryConnect, the makers of the most downloaded app for the Common Core (with over 700,000 downloads), has created a great way to get the standards in the palm of your hand … through an app on your… Read more »

AAPT Urges Adoption and Implementation of NGSS

The American Association of Physics Teachers issued a statement on July 29 urging adoption and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. Following is an except from that statement: “The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) supports the adoption and implementation of common, nationwide science education standards to provide a coherent science and engineering education… Read more »

NSTA Responds to Fordham Institute Report on Next Generation Science Standards

Arlington, Va. June 13, 2013 — NSTA issued a statement regarding the release of a report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute on the Next Generation Science Standards. “The National Science Teachers Association strongly disagrees with the opinions of the Fordham Institute regarding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The NGSS contains rigorous and substantive… Read more »

Kentucky becomes second state to adopt NGSS

On June 5, the Kentucky state board of education voted to approve the Next Generation Science Standards to be Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Science (Science KCAS). The science standards must now move through the legislative review process and are not considered final until this process has concluded. For more information: http://education.ky.gov/curriculum/sci/pages/next-generation-science-standards.aspx

NSTA Welcomes Next Generation Science Standards as a Way to Transform K–12 Science Education

In a statement released earlier today, NSTA welcomed the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) calling it an opportunity to transform K–12 science education by changing the way science is taught and learned in classrooms around the country. NSTA encourages all states to adopt the NGSS and begin implementing the standards in classrooms and schools across the… Read more »