STEM and the Next Generation Science Standards in Warren

In New Jersey, educators and policymakers agree about the need for an increased focus on STEM education. The state is among 14 others, including the District of Columbia, that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The state is planning to implement the new standards in grades 6-12 for the 2016-17 school year and for grades K-5… Read more »

Opinion from Vermont: Science Standards Boost Learning

Jennifer Stainton, the Science Department chairwoman, integrated environmental science teacher, and chemistry teacher at Woodstock Union High School, in Woodstock, VT, published an opinion piece in the Burlington Free Press  hailing the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards in Vermont as a way to boost science learning. “When the Vermont State Board of Education adopted… Read more »

Next Generation Science Standards in Action: New Teacher Videos

Liana Heiten from Ed Week highlights new videos on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) released by the Teaching Channel in partnership with Achieve. The videos showcase classroom lessons aligned to the standards. One video shows a high school science teacher from Boone County, Ky., who has her students build Rube Goldberg machines to demonstrate energy… Read more »

Tennessee Reviews Science Standards

The Tennessee State Board of Education has launched a  website, to collect public feedback on Tennessee’s grade 3-12 science standards. The science standards, developed by a committee of Tennessee science educators throughout last year, set grade-specific goals that exemplify what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of… Read more »

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 »