Science standards development lacks rancor of the past 

No heated debates or controversies about climate change have overshadowed the development of Wyoming’s K-12 science standards this year, which appear months away from adoption. The language on climate change is not vastly different from the Next Generation Science Standards that caused a political storm two years ago. But the process for developing the standards… Read more »

Caldwell-West Caldwell to Institute New Science Standards

WEST CALDWELL, NJ – Introducing new standards for the upcoming Caldwell-West Caldwell school year, science teachers in the middle and high school levels gave a presentation to the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education (CWC BOE) at its public meeting on June 6. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will be implemented in grades 6-12 next year, and K-5 the following… Read more »

‘Next Generation’ or not, science standards coming to WV schools

For all the controversy involving the West Virginia Board of Education and the Legislature over the state’s adoption of Next Generation Science Standards, which will take effect statewide next school year, the National Science Teachers Association doesn’t recognize that West Virginia actually adopted them. NSTA Executive Director David Evans said not labeling West Virginia a… Read more »

Wyoming SBOE Approves New Science Standards

The Wyoming State Board of Education gave the green light to promulgate new draft science standards aimed at ensuring students are well-prepared while keeping politics out of science classrooms. The standards review committee worked through different sets of standards, including those previously existing in Wyoming and in other states, line by line to come up with an… Read more »

New science test coming in 2018 for Oregon

Oregon has new science standards and plans to roll out a new science test in 2018. The Next Generation Science Standards were developed by 26 states, and 18 have signed on to use them. They were adopted in Oregon in 2014 and are being phased in now. Just as important as content are methods of scientific… Read more »

Nebraska looks to Next Generation for guidance on science standards

An update of science standards for Nebraska public schools is underway, and the Nebraska Department of Education is looking to the Next Generation Science Standards as a guide. Those standards weren’t around in 2010 when Nebraska last updated its own. The state department worked with a consultant, the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning, to… Read more »

Court rejects religious challenge to Kansas science standards

On April 20, the Kansas Associated Press reported that a federal appeals court rejected a nonprofit group’s claim that science standards for Kansas public schools promote atheism. “The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver affirmed on Tuesday a lower court ruling that had dismissed the lawsuit brought by a nonprofit group calling itself Citizens… Read more »

Illinois District 204 OKs New Science Curriculum

  Indian Prairie School District 204 in Naperville, Il, is changing the way middle school students learn science. After a month of debate, the school board Monday approved a new middle school curriculum and accompanying materials aimed at fulfilling the Next Generation Science Standards. Instead of regurgitating information from a teacher’s lecture or textbook, students… Read more »

The three Rs and an S

In this op ed in the Baltimore Sun, two leading scientists Norman Augustine and S. James Gates, say science should be seen as a core subject for students, not just an afterthought or add-on. They discuss their support for the Maryland Next Generation Science Standards as a way to help students think like scientists by asking questions,… Read more »

Eight Things to Know About the Next Generation Science Standards

 Education Week‘s Liana Heiten provides an insightful look at status of the adoption and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and offers up 8 things you should know about the standards, such as “the standards prize performance over memorization,” and “they include a lot of engineering and design.” Even though there has been… Read more »