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NSTA Curators Begin Work to Identify Resources Supporting the NGSS

Over the summer, NSTA put out a call to science educators interested in serving on an expert team to identify resources for science teachers to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). A whopping 650 motivated individuals applied. In October, NSTA named 55 of them as NGSS@NSTA Curators and they began their work to identify… Read more »

Oregon science teachers have plenty of time to switch to ‘next generation’ science teaching

On October 24-26, more than 3,000 teachers convened in Portland, OR, for the NSTA regional conference and a popular topic of discussion was the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Keynote speaker Stephen Pruitt from Achieve addressed attendees with the message that teachers will have plenty of time before they are expected to teach to the… Read more »

Kentucky: A Step Closer to Full Adoption of the NGSS

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are moving closer to full adoption in Kentucky despite legislative hick-ups along the way. Most recently, on Oct. 15, Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Education decided not to address the issue of their adoption. According to WFPL radio in Louisville, the committee could have brought the issue forward—and still… Read more »

NGSS: Five Ways Science Classes Will Change

LiveScience writer Michael Dhar’s article on the Next Generation Science Standards provides a comprehensive overview of the NGSS and five things educators love or hate about the new standards. Read the article to learn more.

Washington State Poised to Adopt NGSS

According to the Seattle Times, Governor Jay Inslee and State Superintendent Randy Dorn are expected to announce today Washington state’s adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Washington will be the eighth state to adopt, behind Rhode Island, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland, Vermont, California, and Delaware. Click here to read Seattle Times news article.

ETS Convenes Experts to Address Assessment and NGSS

On Sept. 24–25, the Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management at ETS convened more than 250 science and assessment experts in Washington, D.C., to discuss the measurement challenges and opportunities posed by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and comparable, complex assessment expectations in science and engineering. NSTA Executive Director David Evans participated in… Read more »

Delaware Adopts NGSS; Business Leaders Rally Around CCSS

On Sept. 19, Delaware became the seventh state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, and leading business executives from key firms such as Intel, Cisco, and ExxonMobil Foundation met to urge colleagues to “take up the fight to defend Common Core State Standards [CCSS].” They outlined plans to promote the CCSS through a number… 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 »

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 »